HUMMEL Review: Nobody (2021)

I’ve wondered for a while now which of the two John Wick directors would go on to have a more productive career: Chad Stahelsku or David Leitch. Both men collaborated on the first John Wick film after a long career working as stunt coordinators on dozens of blockbusters including The Crow, The Matrix, 300, CaptainContinue reading “HUMMEL Review: Nobody (2021)”

HUMMEL Review: Tread (2020)

It’s hard not to watch a documentary like Tread and consider the socio-political connotations that the movie is perpetuating. Of course, that’s the case with a real life tragedy like that which beset the small Colorado town in the infamous “Killdozer” incident in 2004. The spectacle was caused by a rampage by a local aggrievedContinue reading “HUMMEL Review: Tread (2020)”

HUMMEL Review: Woman in the Window (2021)

I’m not familiar with AJ Finn’s 2018 novel of the same name as the film that just go released this year. I’m aware is somewhat along the lines of recent lurid female-centric thriller novels like Girl on the Train or Gone Girl but beyond that I approached the film mostly blind. My primarily interest inContinue reading “HUMMEL Review: Woman in the Window (2021)”

HUMMEL Review: A Quiet Place – Part II

John Krasinski really broke out into the mainstream in an major way in 2018 with his directorial debut A Quiet Place. While not necessarily the most original or logical film in the world, it was one heck of a display of his dramatic bonafides that immediately raised him to a place of distinction among aContinue reading “HUMMEL Review: A Quiet Place – Part II”

GUG Review: Roe vs Wade

I’ve mostly given up on “Christian” movies. The genre is mostly empty and vapid with very little challenging or emotionally honest work coming out of the genre out of the past two decades. Then again, most directors don’t reach out to you specifically to review their film by request. The movie’s writer/producer/director specifically reached outContinue reading “GUG Review: Roe vs Wade”

GUG Book Review: Thomas Jefferson’s Bible

What is the role of religion in a secular society? How do we (should we) reconcile science and religion? These are questions that have haunted intellectuals for centuries. As we see in one of Thomas Jefferson’s most secretive personal projects, such questions have never been easy to resolve. In 1820, he infamously carved copies ofContinue reading “GUG Book Review: Thomas Jefferson’s Bible”

HUMMEL Review – The Outpost (2020)

VOD releases defined much of 2020’s available cinema. That’s not surprising given how little there was to actually work win for professional critics. What else were they supposed to review? Thankfully, this set of circumstances gave smaller films a chance to shine in a space they otherwise might’ve flopped in. One of them was TheContinue reading “HUMMEL Review – The Outpost (2020)”

GUG Review: Cherry

Continuing trends from last year, 2021’s most notable movies so far are primarily coming out on streaming. Among them was a strange footnote in the filmographies of two of the most successful filmmakers in history. Joe and Anthony Russo, fresh off of directing four movies for Marvel Studios, are back with their first non-studio film.Continue reading “GUG Review: Cherry”

GUG Book Review: Grendel

Following my recent review of Beowulf, I’ve made the effort recently to start digging into contemporary scholarship on the famous poem and it’s various offshoots and creatively inspired followers. One of them is recent feminist translation of Beowulf which I just reviewed for Geeks Under Grace. The other is a very well regarded deconstructionist takeContinue reading “GUG Book Review: Grendel”

HUMMEL Review: Possessor (2020)

David Cronenberg remains one of Hollywood’s most prolific masters of cinematic violence of the last half century. His entire body of work, including films like The Fly, Videodrone, Scanners and Naked Lunch, consists of films driven by body horror, gore and the horror of the desecration of the human body and mind. It’s no surpriseContinue reading “HUMMEL Review: Possessor (2020)”