The following contains spoilers for The Disaster Artist and I, Tonya This past week I’ve seen The Disaster Artist and I, Tonya, which proved to be strikingly complimentary films. This unintentional double feature paired nicely because each tackles the concept of the “American Dream,” the idea that the United States is a unique environment where… Continue reading Tommy Wiseau and Tonya Harding: What it Takes to Succeed
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The Florida Project: The Place Next to The Happiest Place on Earth
When I was in high school I worked with elementary school aged children. I worked at an after-school program, meant to be a fun place for kids to socialize, play games, and generally have fun. Of course in many cases it was more of a daycare: somewhere parents could leave their kids for a few… Continue reading The Florida Project: The Place Next to The Happiest Place on Earth
“I’m In A Crowd” (Mad Men’s Final Speeches)
Chris breaks down two of the final speeches in Mad Men.
Transcending Self for the American Dream in Whiplash
Chris breaks down what was so arresting about the final sequence in Whiplash.
American Honey is Good, but Oh My God it is Long.
Andrea Arnold’s American Honey is bold, deliberate, and immersive. But does deserve its near 3 hour runtime?
Nightcrawler: The Hollow Man
Nightcrawler (2014) is a tense thriller follows Lou Bloom as he forces himself into the sensational world of crime journalism. What motivates him, and how does his behavior personify the films major themes of blind ambition and the American dream? Chris Maher explores this and more below.