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”

Hummel Travel Log – Friday Night at the Tennessee Gospel Convention

A friend and former colleague of mine from my previous job at Main Street Nashville was kind enough to invite me this past weekend to a Gospel Convention. I had no idea what a Gospel Convention was or what I was signing up for, but I am glad I took a chance on attending theContinue reading “Hummel Travel Log – Friday Night at the Tennessee Gospel Convention”

HUMMEL Review: DC League of Superpets

When I left the critic screening for League of Superpets, I was asked by my contact at the distributor company what I thought of the film. I was a little taken back by the question. I didn’t have a substantive option on it. It was a wacky movie for babies, what option could I haveContinue reading “HUMMEL Review: DC League of Superpets”

HUMMEL Review: Elvis

Is it redundant to call a Baz Luhrmann film garish and over-the-top? Probably. Few directors have build sound a strong reputation around stylish aesthetics and visual insanity as much as the director of Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge and Australia. Unlike most directors with a maximalist style, few feel so under-deserved or shallow. He makesContinue reading “HUMMEL Review: Elvis”

HUMMEL Review: Lightyear

It’s always curious when a film becomes part of THE CULTURE WAR and to see how it will be affected by that stigma. When a film becomes verboten because of its perceived politics, it’s widely assumed that it will “get woke” and “go broke”, but this theorem is problematic. Captain Marvel and Star Wars haven’tContinue reading “HUMMEL Review: Lightyear”

Happy July 4th, 2022 — A Day for Conservative Celebration!

Nowadays, it’s rare to feel optimistic about the future. The March of the progressive cathedral has seemed to move unabated and every meager conservative victory has been met in force with a larger progressive reaction and retribution. The meager gains of Trumpism were wiped out in a year, and replaced with an administration of bumblingContinue reading “Happy July 4th, 2022 — A Day for Conservative Celebration!”

On Battlefields and Common Prayers: Meditations on the Civil War, Devotion and Eternity

It has been a great honor in the past two years that I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to travel across the United States in ways that I previously wasn’t. Some of it was for work or family, but other opportunities came just as a chance to finally stretch my legs after 26 years ofContinue reading “On Battlefields and Common Prayers: Meditations on the Civil War, Devotion and Eternity”

HUMMEL Review: Phantom of the Open

As the Gospel of Matthew reminds us, “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” Blessed in the eyes of Christ and in athleticism are two very different things though, if there’s any lesson to be taken away from the new Mark Rylance movie Phantom of the Open. The story based on theContinue reading “HUMMEL Review: Phantom of the Open”

HUMMEL Review – Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story

In early 2010, my high school choir packed up for four days over Spring Break and drove the distance from Chicago to New Orleans, through Memphis, for a four day trip exploring some of the south’s most incredible music history. It was a trip I couldn’t fully appreciate at the time. I was young, andContinue reading “HUMMEL Review – Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story”