As You Wish: The Inconceivable Love of The Princess Bride

 Review of The Princess Bride, Directed by Rob ReinerIt is absolutely, totally, and in all other ways inconceivable that The Princess Bride is not on everyone’s list of the greatest movies ever made. This movie is, objectively speaking, better than apple pie, Legos, a shiny new bike on your birthday, and little league baseball—combined. It is the apotheosis of all childhood fantasies rolled into one. It is also the most quotable movie ever made. As a professor international security affairs, … [Read more...]

House of Cards’ Lady Macbeth

Review of House of Cards (Season 1), Directed by David Finch“Come you spiritsThat tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here;And fill me, from the crown to the toe, top-fullOf direst cruelty! make thick my blood,Stop up th’access and passage to remorse,That no compunctious visitings of natureShake my fell purpose, nor keep peace betweenTh’effect and it!”  (Lady Macbeth, Macbeth, Act I, Scene V)In the beginning of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Lady Macbeth pleads with the powe … [Read more...]

House of Cards: Collapse is Inevitable

Review of House of Cards (Season 1), Directed by David FinchRating: 9/10If you take The West Wing, strip it of its fluffy idealism, make it dark and pessimistic, mix in contemporary gadgets (iPads, texting), keep the occasional Bartlet monologue but make it lessons in Machiavellian strategy, you get something like House of Cards. Francis “Frank” Underwood (Kevin Spacey), a Democratic Congressman from South Carolina, is the House Majority Whip and, as the first season opens, is passed over f … [Read more...]