V*ccine Hesitancy and Social Trust: Explaining the Rational Defense of Anti-Vax Arguments (From a Pro-Vax Perspective)

“The root of vaccine hesitancy is distrust: distrust in institutional power, distrust in “the science” (TM), distrust in authority, and distrust in the current administration.

And why shouldn’t the vaccine-hesitant masses, both conservative and progressive, distrust these authorities? “

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”

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”

COSMO – Building an UN-woke Children’s Library

If 2020 has taught me anything, its that the best way to ensure I raise happy, healthy, independent, resilient children is to commit to homeschooling. There are advantages and disadvantages to this commitment, which I won’t be going into detail here. I recognize it as an all-consuming task; in order to be successful, it willContinue reading “COSMO – Building an UN-woke Children’s Library”

The Missing American Epic: Is Star Wars a Great Contribution to Literature?

I’ve been thinking lately about the idea of epic poetry and how great poems become the foundational stories of a cultural identity. Chaucer, The Song of Roland, The Saga of the Vulsang, The Aeneid and Homer’s Epic Cycle weren’t just great works of literature. These were the foundational stories of civilizations. These are the worksContinue reading “The Missing American Epic: Is Star Wars a Great Contribution to Literature?”

Tyler’s 17 Most Anticipated THINGS of 2021 (Movies/Games/TV Shows)

I’m not gonna lie, I’m really excited that entertainment is starting to roll out again. It’s sucked for me that 2020’s relatively lukewarm release Calendar became MORE empty because of the COOF. With the vaccine rollout finally coming into play, it seems like Hollywood is starting to feel more comfortable dipping their toes in theContinue reading “Tyler’s 17 Most Anticipated THINGS of 2021 (Movies/Games/TV Shows)”

GUG – Two Interviews from the El Dorado FF

Back in November of 2020, I had the opportunity to attend the El Dorado Film Festival in Southern Arkansas! I drove all the way down there from Chicago in one day and spent the weekend watching dozens of short films and a couple of feature length films that were being presented to the public, often,Continue reading “GUG – Two Interviews from the El Dorado FF”

Oscars Week: Thoughts on the 2021 Best Picture Nominees

The Oscars have been getting worse for years now. The last few years have had weird lineups and weird winners. I’m not sure many people have actually been happy with recent years for the most part. Green Book beating Blackkklansman, Roma and Black Panther for best picture in 2018 was bizarre but amusing. Parasite’s winContinue reading “Oscars Week: Thoughts on the 2021 Best Picture Nominees”

COSMO – Bram Stoker’s Dracula as a Celebration of Courage

“The world seems full of good men—even if there are monsters in it.” Count Dracula needs no introduction. As a villain of the Western Cannon, his reputation proceeds him. He was famously portrayed by the great Bella Lugosi in Dracula (1931), the venerable Christopher Lee in Dracula (1958); Gary Oldman in Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992);Continue reading “COSMO – Bram Stoker’s Dracula as a Celebration of Courage”