HUMMEL Review: Phantom of the Open

As the Gospel of Matthew reminds us, “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” Blessed in the eyes of Christ and in athleticism are two very different things though, if there’s any lesson to be taken away from the new Mark Rylance movie Phantom of the Open. The story based on theContinue reading “HUMMEL Review: Phantom of the Open”

HUMMEL Review – Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story

In early 2010, my high school choir packed up for four days over Spring Break and drove the distance from Chicago to New Orleans, through Memphis, for a four day trip exploring some of the south’s most incredible music history. It was a trip I couldn’t fully appreciate at the time. I was young, andContinue reading “HUMMEL Review – Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story”

HUMMEL Review: What is a Woman?

I should speak candidly before I got into this review. I’m probably not approaching this from the same direction as most conservatives. Despite being a relatively traditionalist Christian and a Republican, my social views tend to slightly skew libertarian, in the sense that I tend to be quite sympathetic to people who suffer with genderContinue reading “HUMMEL Review: What is a Woman?”

The Spiritualism of The Northman: The Anti-Medievalism, Pagan Vitality, and Post-Christian Anxiety of Robert Eggers

Robert Eggers’ newest film The Northman is a wonderful addition to the filmography of one of modern cinema’s best directors of horror and mythology. The director of The Witch and The Lighthouse returned this April with his largest budget film yet to deliver a lengthy viking epic based on the legend of Amleth — theContinue reading “The Spiritualism of The Northman: The Anti-Medievalism, Pagan Vitality, and Post-Christian Anxiety of Robert Eggers”

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”