HUMMEL Review: Soul (2020)

I’ve talked numerous times over the years about just how disappointed I’ve been with the last decade of Pixar’s output. The studio that once put out highly original films went through a terrible patch of bad sequels and prequels that I never enjoyed. They’ve slowly started crawling out of the pit with original movies againContinue reading “HUMMEL Review: Soul (2020)”

Book Review: Letters From Father Christmas (1976)

A huge aspect of the life of JRR Tolkien was the relationship between his work and his children. His works like The Hobbit were initially written as children’s stories that he read to his four children. This relationship lived on in the work of his son Christopher Tolkien who dedicated his entire life to sortingContinue reading “Book Review: Letters From Father Christmas (1976)”

Merry Christmas from Cultural Revue – A Brief Story About the Birth of Christ and Family

There’s a great line in the movie Talladega Nights where in two children learn that their parents who are about to get divorced. Instead of being moarnful at their parents breaking up, the two children turn to one another and scream “TWO CHRISTMASES!” It’s a very dark joke but one I relate to as aContinue reading “Merry Christmas from Cultural Revue – A Brief Story About the Birth of Christ and Family”

HUMMEL Review: Fatman (2020)

“Christmas is a farce, I am a joke.” – Mel Gibson’s Santa I was on board for this movie the moment I heard the premise of Mel Gibson portraying a gritty Santa Claus. I have a deep and abiding enjoyment for Mel Gibson as a cultural figure as a filmmaker. I’m fascinated by his artisticContinue reading “HUMMEL Review: Fatman (2020)”

A Brief Recap of The Mandalorian – Season 2 Finale

HEAVY SPOILERS AHEAD for The Mandalorian Episode 16 Holy Crap… they actually pulled the trigger on the one thing I didn’t think they would do. I’m currently writing Geeks Under Grace’s Season 2 review but I wanted to pump out a quick note on the finale that addressed some of the massive events from theContinue reading “A Brief Recap of The Mandalorian – Season 2 Finale”

Book Review: A Christmas Carol (1843)

I’ve been trying to make it a yearly tradition to read Charles Dicken’s perennial novella once a year each December. I haven’t succeeded thus far. The only reason why is because I have a hard time dedicating time to rereading old books I love when my new book stack is covering 4 shelves on myContinue reading “Book Review: A Christmas Carol (1843)”

PODCAST – Andrea with the Bangs Discusses the Meaning Crisis

This week on the AntiSocial Network, I was joined by YouTuber Andrea Lewis, host of Andrea with the Bangs! Andrea has been doing interviews and essay videos online over the past several years and makes a strong effort to discuss elements of philosophy, theology, politics and meaning with people across the spectrum of beliefs. SheContinue reading “PODCAST – Andrea with the Bangs Discusses the Meaning Crisis”

Boba Fett Spin-Off “Book of Boba Fett” Announced for Disney+ in the Mandalorian Series Finale

In the post-credits scene for The Mandalorian Season 2, a surprise stinger for the rumored Boba Fett series appeared with a tentative premiere date of December 2021! As we talked about last week, Disney’s extensive slate of Disney+ announcements announced the plan to release dozens of Star Wars, Marvel and Disney shows over the nextContinue reading “Boba Fett Spin-Off “Book of Boba Fett” Announced for Disney+ in the Mandalorian Series Finale”

HUMMEL Review: LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special (2020)

I can’t say I’ve felt flummoxed by a film quite like this in a while. At its face, it’s one of the most cynical products I’ve seen this year. It’s a product of the Disney mega machine that spits out dozens of this straight-to-dvd Lego specials with no notable story to tell or unique voice.Continue reading “HUMMEL Review: LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special (2020)”

The Tragedy of Anakin Skywalker: The Star Wars Prequels as Classical Tragedy

Deconstructing the multitudinous problems in the Star Wars Prequels became a cottage industry online for much of the late 2000s. 21 years later, I still hear grown men whining about how Jar Jar Binks ruined The Phantom Menace. In truth, I’ve mostly gotten bored with this dialog. Maybe it’s a symptom of the fact thatContinue reading “The Tragedy of Anakin Skywalker: The Star Wars Prequels as Classical Tragedy”