HUMMEL Review – You Won’t Be Alone

It was once said by the great satirist G.K. Chesterton, in his book The Everlasting Man, that Paganism, not atheism, was “the one real rival of the church of Christ.” One can see why. In an argument between pure faith and pure reason, the masses will generally choose the pragmatic option and choose faith. PaganismContinue reading “HUMMEL Review – You Won’t Be Alone”

HUMMEL Review – The Last and First Men (2020)

A curious little film played at the Belcourt Theater in Nashville last week; an adaptation of one of the forgotten classics from the golden age of science fiction, directed by the late composer for Arrival, Prisoners, and Sicario, and rewritten as an experimental essay film, screened twice to an audience of a few dozen. AndContinue reading “HUMMEL Review – The Last and First Men (2020)”

Is Attack on Titan Fascistic? – A Messy Attempt to Humanistically Reject the Oppressor/Oppressed Dynamic

Since its premiere in 2013, Attack on Titan has been one of the largest multi-media brands in the world. Its manga concluded in June 2021 and the anime is finishing its final season now. It’s been adapted into live-action movies, spin-off mangas, and merchandised into oblivion, becoming one of the most popular Japanese IPs inContinue reading “Is Attack on Titan Fascistic? – A Messy Attempt to Humanistically Reject the Oppressor/Oppressed Dynamic”

HUMMEL Review – Parallel Mothers

Pedro Almodóvar’s “Parallel Mothers” —  a clear contender for the best international film Oscar this year — is a quiet melodrama about two women who give birth on the same day and find their lives intertwined by love and contrived tragedies. It is a contemplative drama about the inner experience of motherhood and loss butContinue reading “HUMMEL Review – Parallel Mothers”

HUMMEL Review: I Want You Back

I’ve been rooting for Scott Eastwood for quite a while but I’m starting to think I need to stop. Scott is the son of Clint Eastwood, one of the greatest living directors and actors. I had hoped that Scott would follow a similar career track to his father and find a voice as a greatContinue reading “HUMMEL Review: I Want You Back”

HUMMEL Review: Don’t Look Up

I am an agnostic on issues like climate change, solely because I am not a climate scientist. Is it real? Probably. Do I trust the politicians at the European Union and their accords to deal with it accordingly? Nope. Climate change is probably real and it will probably have negative side effects but I somewhatContinue reading “HUMMEL Review: Don’t Look Up”

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”

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”