HUMMEL Review – Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

I am behind in my recent movie reviews because of heavy holiday traveling, catching up on studio screeners, and keeping up with my day job. I’ve been meaning to file some more serious pieces about The Whale, Dead For a Dollar, Father Stu, and a handful of prospective Oscar-nominated films, but that will have to waitContinue reading “HUMMEL Review – Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery”

HUMMEL Review – She Said

Director Maria Schrader’s “She Said” probably isn’t a movie that will play well to the holiday crowd, but it comes from an old tradition in filmmaking that lionizes the fourth estate as the last defender of democracy and justice in a world of corruption and hate.  To paraphrase a “Pamphleteer” colleague, what better way isContinue reading “HUMMEL Review – She Said”

Tyler’s 10 Greatest Films of All Time – A Theoretical Sights and Sounds Submission

I am not and was not eligible to submit to the British Film Institute’s Sight and Sound vote as to the greatest films of all time. I don’t particularly care of course. I am a member of the Music City Film Critics Association with five years of published film criticism under my belt. I don’tContinue reading “Tyler’s 10 Greatest Films of All Time – A Theoretical Sights and Sounds Submission”

Black Adam and The Parochial Demigods of Pop Culture 

As the city of Troy is burning in Virgil’s poem The Aeneid, our intrepid hero Aeneas is left to decide what little he can save from the fires of the barbarian Greeks as they lay siege to the once mighty civilization. With little time, the pious warrior prince ceases his son and the household deities,Continue reading “Black Adam and The Parochial Demigods of Pop Culture “

Hummel Travel Log – True Diversity in the Most Humble of Places

I don’t typically meet new friends randomly on walks but I was happy recently when I stumbled upon a young woman struggling to assemble a tent on the lawn of my apartment complex. I struck up a short conversation with her out of curiosity and discovered that she and her husband had lived in thisContinue reading “Hummel Travel Log – True Diversity in the Most Humble of Places”

HUMMEL Review: Uncle Tom II: An American Odyssey (2022)

Several of my friends were actually surprised when I told them that there was going to be an Uncle Tom sequel. I was surprised as well. I managed to avoid hearing about it until well after its premiere. I haven’t seen the original Uncle Tom in two years, but I recall thinking fairly well ofContinue reading “HUMMEL Review: Uncle Tom II: An American Odyssey (2022)”

Hummel Travel Log — Departing a Childhood Home in Suburban Illinois

There are a limited number of times in life when one permanently closes a door for the last time. Maybe it is the last time you visited your childhood home or the last time you visited a loved one before they died, but the result is the same. There will eventually be a moment inContinue reading “Hummel Travel Log — Departing a Childhood Home in Suburban Illinois”

A Year With(Out) Norm MacDonald – Catching Up on the Obvious

The one-year passing of comedian Norm MacDonald really snuck up on me this year. September 14th marked the one-year passing of the 61-year-old comedian from Leukemia; that he had evidently been facing quietly and never addressing to the public. In the past year, I’ve really fallen in love with Norm MacDonald’s work. In true artistContinue reading “A Year With(Out) Norm MacDonald – Catching Up on the Obvious”

The Divine Tragedy of Kevin Smith: Clerks III and The Praise of Banality

One of the things that makes Dante’s Divine Comedy a masterpiece is the constant sense of drive that pushing beneath it. Borrowing from the great poets of the western canon, the Florencia poet crafted one of the greatest stories of pilgrimage ever put to paper. And that story ultimately starts by mulling over the question ofContinue reading “The Divine Tragedy of Kevin Smith: Clerks III and The Praise of Banality”

Hummel Travel Log – The 2022 West Virginia Mothman Festival

West Virginia is very much the state it’s told to be in the media; a relatively small, poor, and rural state with some of the most sadly crushing poverty in the United States. It’s also quite beautiful! Its people are friendly, social, and kind! Capturing the tale end of the Appalachian Mountains, the geography gives theContinue reading “Hummel Travel Log – The 2022 West Virginia Mothman Festival”