“The Irishman” Review: Scorsese meditates on morality, aging and consequences

I sometimes describe myself as a Nihilist. Not the “burn-the-world-down” anarchy-crossover kind, but the “uggggg, what’s the point?” kind. I have boxes of old family photos and — beyond my own parents and grandparents — I can’t identify any of the people. My kids would be hard-pressed to even point out my grandparents, much-less the… Continue reading “The Irishman” Review: Scorsese meditates on morality, aging and consequences

Us and The Beach Bum are Two Films in Dialogue

*WARNING: Spoilers ahead for Us and The Beach Bum* Last weekend I saw Us and this week I saw The Beach Bum, and while these were both movies I have been anticipating I did not expect them to be in dialogue with one another. Watching any two movies in quick succession leads to comparison, but… Continue reading Us and The Beach Bum are Two Films in Dialogue

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse goes where no superhero film has gone before

WARNING: Light spoilers ahead BRIAN RUSSELL: Hey there Sam! Certainly you know this, and most regular readers of the blog will also be aware, I am a comic book fan from way back, and waited my entire life for the modern age of digital effects to make the  superhero’s of my childhood look so realistic… Continue reading Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse goes where no superhero film has gone before

Shrek Retold, and Respecting the True Love Behind Irony

Shrek Retold is a scene-for-scene remake of Shrek (2001) with each scene made by a different artist in their own unique (often batshit) style. The whole affair was coordinated by filmmaker and Shrek fanatic Grant Duffrin (he also runs the annual event known as ShrekFest.) When questioned about the sincerity of his Shrek obsession, Duffrin… Continue reading Shrek Retold, and Respecting the True Love Behind Irony