Cinema & The Narrative Game

The film director Martin Scorsese recently criticized movies based on comic books, saying they are ‘not cinema’. His point is undeniable, in that there is a clear difference between creating mainstream entertainment and creating a classic piece of artistic storytelling. His point especially rings true when you consider how many repetitive superhero films have been…

The King (2019) and me

There are many different ways one can interpret or analyze the new Netflix film “King” (2019) with its cornucopia of themes: coming of age, Kingship, duty, honor in combat, court intrigue. This cinematic representation of  Shakespeare’s play “Henry V” up to and a bit after the Battle of Agincourt has many coursing streams. The one…

Dekalog: Requiem for the Law

In the dispensation of the Old Covenant, God placed the Israelites under the Law as a means of disciplining and chastening a hard-hearted people. The Law under Christ and the dispensation of grace is reconfigured—not abolished, but fulfilled—as it was never an end unto itself, but was always pointing to the One to come. In…

Cannibalism and “Joker”

Submitted by Bad Billy Pratt Reality struck Matt Kennedy Gould in a flash as every cast member of the show created for his destruction revealed themselves as an actor hired to manipulate him. Every cast member but one, Brian Keith Etheridge- cast as Gould’s best friend, tasked with staying close to him throughout filming and becoming his…

Joker (2019): A Killer Troll

Editor’s note: We will run multiple Joker reviews with an eye on unique interpretations and angles. Today’s is the first of multiple entries. Joker is a great troll. Director Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix have played the studio system before—Phillips with his bilious Hangover sequels and Phoenix with his bizarre I’m Not There— and this…

Ten Friday Reads 9/20/19

I’ve got nothing for you. No commentary. This year feels so much like a replay of 2011 that I am giving the simulation theory some credence. Because of this, I will provide ten links. Right Wing Cope – Power has centralized in the presidency in some regards but holding the House matters. This essay seems…

Marvel Trash Theater

Like clockwork the films roll out. The spring Marvel blockbuster. The summer Marvel blockbuster. The fall/winter Marvel blockbuster. If you attend the same theater, you may even see the same people opening night. There are five or so men resembling the Simpsons comic book guy. Your kid rattles off a bunch of Marvel trivia or…