Where Have I Been? – The Cultural Revue in 2021 Review

2021 has been one of the strangest and most interesting years of my young life. After the cataclysm of the COVID-19 pandemic, losing my job in IT, watching the United States descend into political hostility the likes of which we haven’t seen (only getting worse in the last year), I made the effort to branchContinue reading “Where Have I Been? – The Cultural Revue in 2021 Review”

Tyler’s 10 Favorite Films of 2021

I have many friends who found 2021 to be a frustrating year for film but I can’t say I agree. I was complaining about the output of Hollywood films back in 2018 and 2019 but COVID-19 really put a lot of my complaints into context. When the only mainstream blockbusters you get for an entireContinue reading “Tyler’s 10 Favorite Films of 2021”

HUMMEL Review: The Matrix Resurrections

There is never going to be a great sequel to The Matrix. The Wachowskis tried twice already and failed twice. The original film is perfect, complete, and impossible to follow up in a reasonably cathartic or emotionally resonant way. More to the point, the Wachowskis never wanted to make a sequel to The Matrix. TheContinue reading “HUMMEL Review: The Matrix Resurrections”

No Way Home Indeed – 10 Spoilery Thoughts on Spider-Man: No Way Home

SPOILERS AHEAD FOR SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME I really liked Spider-Man: No Way Home. That’s not saying much of course. Spider-Man is one of the most popular superheroes and this is the seventh major film of his we’ve gotten since 2000. Still, we’ve gone through long periods of time when good Spider-Man content was few andContinue reading “No Way Home Indeed – 10 Spoilery Thoughts on Spider-Man: No Way Home”

The Matrix, Platonism and The Red Pill: A Metaphor Greater than it’s Creators

We’re on the cusp of the release of the long-awaited fourth Matrix film, Matrix: Resurrections. I can’t say I know what that means in terms of what this film is going to be but I don’t exactly have high expectations. The Matrix is essentially a perfect film with a clear beginning, middle and end. It’sContinue reading “The Matrix, Platonism and The Red Pill: A Metaphor Greater than it’s Creators”

HUMMEL Review: Karen (2021)

I have a lot of friends, on the right, who genuinely despise Jordan Peele’s Get Out. I get the emotional gut reaction to the movie. It’s the most politically charged blockbuster of our generation. I just think it’s worth remembering that Peele is a genuinely talented director. He’s funny, and humanistic and seems to actuallyContinue reading “HUMMEL Review: Karen (2021)”

HUMMEL Review: Without Remorse (2021)

I’ve been saying for years now that I’ve desperately wanted Hollywood to start adapting the Tom Clancy novels into proper films again. I’m hindsight, maybe I didn’t realize what I was asking for. When Tom Clancy wrote books like Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Cardinal of the Kremlin and Without Remorse, he was writingContinue reading “HUMMEL Review: Without Remorse (2021)”

HUMMEL Review: Evangelion 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time

Neon Genesis Evangelion is… a lot to deal with. It doesn’t help that my youthful obsession of anime has grown weak but even as a teenager this series was always ALOT to process. That’s remained true up through the Rebuild of Evangelion series that’s premiered in four installments: Evangelion 1.0 (2007), Evangelion 2.0 (2009), EvangelionContinue reading “HUMMEL Review: Evangelion 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time”

HUMMEL Review: No Sudden Move (2021)

I’m starting to find Steven Soderbergh to be a frustrating director. I don’t mean that he’s bad. If anything, he’s one of our most interesting living personalities currently working within the studio system. I just mean that I’m finding his output more tedious than usual. For every Oceans Eleven, Contagion or Logan Lucky, he seemsContinue reading “HUMMEL Review: No Sudden Move (2021)”

HUMMEL Review: Georgetown (2019)

Sometimes a film benefits from being based on real events and telling a shocking real life story exactly as it happens. Often the truth is stranger than fiction. That only works though if there’s some under-ridding moral or truth that’s emphasized by the insanity of the story. Whether it’s something like Pain and Gain orContinue reading “HUMMEL Review: Georgetown (2019)”