Birdman: the Torture of Creative Integrity

Review of Birdman, Directed by Alejandro Inarritu Oscars are useful as cultural barometers. They say much about what we think is excellent–and, thus, about ourselves. While the Academy was crowning Alejandro Inarritu’s Birdman Best Picture of 2014, I was watching the film itself, suspecting it was about to win the laurels, wondering what its canonization [Read More...]

Recovering the Classics

A credentialed professional scholar of literature who hasn’t forgotten how to read great books and love them [Read more...]

Of Family and Training Dragons

This is Dreamworks’ best franchise. [Read more...]

Child-Like Wonder at E.T.

Death, Childhood, and Reeses Pieces
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Blade Runner’s Vision of Hell

A hellish vision of mortality. [Read more...]

Ben-Hur Discovers the Epic Epicness of Grace

A colossal epic about the journey of faith. [Read more...]

The Godfather’s Justice

“For justice, we must go to Don Corleone.” [Read more...]

Best X Ever

The X-Men are all grown up.
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A Vertiginous Horror

A creepy psychodrama about heights and blondes. [Read more...]

No Savior for the Raging Bull

Scorsese’s bleak early masterpiece. [Read more...]