Catch on fire and others will come watch you burn.

Favorite films

  • The Tree of Life
  • The Sacrifice
  • Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
  • Eyes Wide Shut

Recent activity

  • Southcliffe


  • The Matrix Reloaded


  • Macbeth


  • Pride & Prejudice


Pinned reviews

  • Blade Runner

    Blade Runner


    Epic heroes, from Achilles to Odysseus, Aeneas to even Beowulf, are often capable of making choices in light of, not in spite of, their fate. The epic genre so often conveys an initial story of impossible choice. For the epic hero, the choice is usually between fame and honor in battle or obscurity and peace at home, and this is almost always played out against the relentless backdrop of man’s primal state, war. This sense of being trapped within the…

  • The Keep

    The Keep


    Ancient cultures are rife with deities of both the good and the chaotic evil, making up a discernible world for us to inhabit. We seem relatively unable to find these representative deities today — hence Nietzsche’s “God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers?“ These archaic mythological overlords seem absent from our external reality, making it tempting to regard them as simple constructs of imagination, personified consciously…

Recent reviews

  • Macbeth



    I’ve now seen this 14 times in the past 3 years of teaching Macbeth — it still hits. Out, brief candle, here is the king of Scotland as a walking shadow himself. Fassbender, missing only termites in his teeth, is utterly brilliant in the lean, understated deliveries, sickly and tortured by loss, surrounded by war and death, overcome by insidious imagination. Cotillard is engrossing in the regret, faltered by ambition and plagued with mourning. The most subtle moments of Shakespeare's…

  • The Power of the Dog

    The Power of the Dog


    I really need to stop reading the book first. Savage’s rich, tense novel is an incantation of the aching vacancy that haunts the frontier west. In Annie Proulx’s didactic afterword, which sticks to Savage’s work like a cold, wet blanket, she fortifies and expands upon a homoerotic subtext that frankly perplexes me. This is not her romantic Brokeback Mountain. It’s something that cuts deeper. Don’t get it wrong — the eroticism is there, as it is in any evading allure of…

Popular reviews

  • The Nun

    The Nun


    Ah, yes, I was wondering when “See Something Creepy And Follow It, Only To Be Jump-Scared Like A Moron: The Movie” would finally be coming out*. Other than that, yeah — I can dig the gothic Hammer vibes that are just oozing out of this Romanian production, with foggy dead ringer cemeteries and wonderfully atmospheric convents lined with young faces that are far too pretty and far too clean (also reminiscent of Hammer’s later focus on pretty women, rather than…

  • Toy Story 4

    Toy Story 4


    In order to be yourself, you have to find yourself. 

    Both Toy Story and its sequel are perfect, laser-focused stories about finding yourself — the first seeing Buzz come to terms with his being a toy through the emotional aid of Woody; the second seeing Woody get too big for himself, only to be leveled back down by Buzz. They’re perfect companion pieces, as perfect as Woody and Buzz are companions themselves. Toy Story 3, no matter how forcibly it did it,…