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”

Marvel Fatigue and Cape-Sh*t – Grappling with Woke Politics and Audience Malaise after 27 MCU Films and 20 TV Shows

It has become very popular to crap on Marvel movies, and it isn’t hard to see why.  The Marvel Cinematic Universe has completely overtaken the entire media landscape, subsuming all media within itself and gravitating popular entertainment towards it. Even moderate failures like The Eternals or Black Widow still become multi-million dollar worldwide success storiesContinue reading “Marvel Fatigue and Cape-Sh*t – Grappling with Woke Politics and Audience Malaise after 27 MCU Films and 20 TV Shows”

On Church Bells, Miracles, and Supernaturalism – Praying for the Veil to Lift

A few weeks I experienced something that I don’t know what to do with. I wouldn’t call it a miracle. I wouldn’t even call it particularly interesting or notable. It was just something curious that I experienced at church that, against my better judgment, I’ve hoped means something more than it likely does. I’ve beenContinue reading “On Church Bells, Miracles, and Supernaturalism – Praying for the Veil to Lift”

On Jordan Peterson – Live at the Rymen: The Celebrity Psychologist Approaches Six Years in the Spotlight

I saw Dr. Jordan B. Peterson speak live a few weeks ago at the Rymen Auditorium in Nashville, and I’m not sure how to feel about what I saw. This was the second time I’ve seen him live. I previously saw him when he headlined the Chicago Theater in 2018, following the massive success ofContinue reading “On Jordan Peterson – Live at the Rymen: The Celebrity Psychologist Approaches Six Years in the Spotlight”

What even is the point of the Oscars?

Can anyone reasonably claim that the Oscars isn’t a pure parody of itself? I don’t think I know a single person who takes the Oscars seriously anymore. Progressives think it is too conservative. Conservatives think it’s too woke. Casual audiences find it cold and detached. Industry specialists find it blunt and out of touch. ConservativesContinue reading “What even is the point of the Oscars?”

“Never Hate a Film”: Why I’m Not Worried About Amazon’s Lord of the Rings – The Rings of Power

The YouTuber known only as “Doomcock” has a regular sign-off on his show: “stay angry”. Doomcock runs a rumor channel, he collects all of the most cutting edge rumors about Star Wars, Star Trek, Marvel and other franchises and releases its exposé style to bring attention to the rise of “wokeness” in popular cinema. HisContinue reading ““Never Hate a Film”: Why I’m Not Worried About Amazon’s Lord of the Rings – The Rings of Power”

Crashing Down: The Strange Death of Rolland Emmerich Movies

There was a time not long ago when Rolland Emmerich was one of the most profitable and popular filmmakers alive. He was the man behind massive blockbusters like Independence Day, Godzilla, The Day After Tomorrow, The Patriot, 2012, and White House Down. He was untouchable and he could make any schlock action movie he wantedContinue reading “Crashing Down: The Strange Death of Rolland Emmerich Movies”

In Defense of Revolution: When is violence tolerable and what to do with disgruntled citizens?

Here’s an interesting debate topic: When is it morally right for a class of people to rise up against their government and forcibly replace them? Certainly, the simplest answer is said best by the Declaration of Independence: “when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduceContinue reading “In Defense of Revolution: When is violence tolerable and what to do with disgruntled citizens?”

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”