HUMMEL Review: Uncle Tom – An Oral History of the Black Conservative (2020)

I’m willing to be brave here on Cultural Revue and take contentious stances on issues like race and bigotry. I do so entirely with the strength of my convictions that I believe wholly in the goodness of people, the dignity of the individual and the need for society to come together on racial issues asContinue reading “HUMMEL Review: Uncle Tom – An Oral History of the Black Conservative (2020)”

Get Out and Hamilton: The Reactionary Impulse in Black Cinema

“The first and fatal charm of National Repentance is, therefore, the encouragement it gives us to turn from the bitter task of repenting our own sins to the congenial one of bewailing – denouncing – the conduct of others.” -CS Lewis, God in the Dock The last half decade has marked the rise of blackContinue reading “Get Out and Hamilton: The Reactionary Impulse in Black Cinema”

HUMMEL Review: Land (2021)

There are a lot of great films I simply don’t recommend to my friends because I know for a fact that the average person will hate them. Most people engage with art at the level of entertainment. You can occasionally send them something challenging that they’ll enjoy in hindsight but often people will simply beContinue reading “HUMMEL Review: Land (2021)”

AIREY – ‘Soldier’ Retrospective: The Forgotten ‘Blade Runner’ Successor

Very few science fiction movies have brought about more debate than the 1982 Ridley Scott film Blade Runner. The feature would inspire a 2017 sequel Blade Runner 2049 produced by Scott and directed by Denis Villeneuve.  However, there is one overlooked flick that is considered a “spiritual successor” of sorts to Blade Runner. It wasContinue reading “AIREY – ‘Soldier’ Retrospective: The Forgotten ‘Blade Runner’ Successor”

HUMMEL Review: Earwig and The Witch (2021)

Studio Ghibli is back! Kinda! I’m not gonna lie. The post-Wind Rises artistic arc for Japan’s greatest animation studio has been bizarre. The Tale of Princess Kaguya was a heart wrenching film and original animated film but it’s immediate Followup When Marnie Was There felt somewhat overwrought and cliche. Their “last” film The Red TurtleContinue reading “HUMMEL Review: Earwig and The Witch (2021)”

Classic Review: Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992)

The more I go back and watch John Carpenters movies, I can’t help but appreciate just how excellent he is as a director. Even his mediocre films are well made, exciting and brimming with interesting concepts. He could’ve just made Halloween sequels his entire career but instead he constantly chose to tell original and riskyContinue reading “Classic Review: Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992)”

HUMMEL Review: Alone (2020)

For some reason, there have been a lot of lo-fi indie thrillers in the past year using the premise of “woman stalked by aggressive man”. Russell Crowe’s Unhinged was the big, dumb Hollywood version of this story and played up its scenario as a trashier version of the Joker premise where the aggrieved man isContinue reading “HUMMEL Review: Alone (2020)”

HUMMEL Review: An American Pickle (2020)

I would never call Seth Rogen a particularly introspective filmmaker or comedian. His output has been particularly low brow, broad and on the nose. He traffics mostly in jokes about drugs and atheism and doesn’t have much to say beyond the most surface level understanding of these topics. That’s not to say his films don’tContinue reading “HUMMEL Review: An American Pickle (2020)”

HUMMEL – 33 Conservative Film Recommendations for Modern Audiences

I am a man of lists. I like arranging things and creating ordered lists to work through. I’m also a man who enjoys curating and recommending works of art and entertainment to people who don’t delve into film and literature as deeply as I do. I love recommendation lists for these reasons! As a fanContinue reading “HUMMEL – 33 Conservative Film Recommendations for Modern Audiences”

Fahrenheit 451 on Film: The Unspoken Irony of Leftist Book Burning

Adaptation is a difficult process. You have to handle fidelity to the text you’re adapting in equal measure with the necessity to create an independent and self reliant piece of storytelling absent fans of the source material. I won’t pretend it’s easy. That said, when a film like Fahrenheit 451 (2018) comes along it feelsContinue reading “Fahrenheit 451 on Film: The Unspoken Irony of Leftist Book Burning”