The Man in the High Castle and Alternate History

I recently decided to catch up with Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle series, based on the (excellent) Philip K. Dick book of the same name. Please beware: this post includes spoilers for the first two episodes and, to a certain extent (though not in any way I think would truly spoil it), the … Read more The Man in the High Castle and Alternate History

The Strain and audience expectations

This post contains spoilers from the first twelve episodes of The Strain. If you haven’t seen the show but would like to, come back later! I’ve been watching The Strain over the last few days, an FX series based on a series of novels written by Chuck Logan and Guillermo del Toro. It’s a fun … Read more The Strain and audience expectations

The Portland Timbers

My favourite soccer podcast, The Anfield Wrap, likes to open the show with reader questions that may or may not have something to with the sport. Last weekend’s show opened with a pretty cool question: “If you were not a Liverpool fan and had to pick to be a local fan of a team (anywhere … Read more The Portland Timbers

Man and Machine

I was recently on a long flight and watched Transcendence and the recent remake of Robocop, and felt moved to write on both at once. I often wonder what’s going on with Cillian Murphy’s career, in large part because I admire his work, but also because it can be such an odd career sometimes. Somewhere … Read more Man and Machine

A certain type of nineties guy

The 1990s spawned many clichés, but there’s a certain kind of nineties guy that resides deep within my heart despite the clear intent that he be seen by audiences as an irritating, if relatively harmless antagonist. The 1990s spawned a lot of different views of men: men in parachute pants, men that listened to (kind … Read more A certain type of nineties guy

Rumination on a film I haven’t seen yet: EDGE OF TOMORROW

Tom Cruise is a funny sort, an acquired taste that everyone seems to have whether they want to have it or not. Much as we all both loathe McDonalds’ food just as mysterious anonymous hordes consume it, so does Mr. Cruise remain a phenomenal draw, guaranteed money in an era when studios’ major creative decisions … Read more Rumination on a film I haven’t seen yet: EDGE OF TOMORROW

Peter Parker, Spiderman, and Cultural Anachronism

The trailer for The Amazing Spiderman 2 is out. I want to talk about this film, or about this little series, this sub-franchise, reboot franchise, whatever we’re calling it. I just need to take a moment and get the taste of the word “franchise” out of my mouth. Is anyone else horrified that we use … Read more Peter Parker, Spiderman, and Cultural Anachronism

A short post on the tyranny of the single author

I found about THE ROOM today and I’m not sure my life will ever be the same. Adam Rosen wrote a piece in The Atlantic yesterday discussing whether or not the film should be considered outsider art. Rosen makes some very interesting points about the nature of outsider art and its merits, but he has … Read more A short post on the tyranny of the single author