HUMMEL Review: Greenland (2020)

I don’t usually expect much from Gerard Butler movies. I’ve seen enough of his films like Geostorm, Gods of Egypt and the Has Fallen films to know that he isn’t generally cast for his intense talent as an actor. He’s a human meat-stick. Outside of rare career bright spots like 300, Coriolanus and How toContinue reading “HUMMEL Review: Greenland (2020)”

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”

GUG Review: Godzilla vs. Kong

I seem to be on the higher end of critical appraisals for the newest Godzilla film. I’ve enjoyed the entire Monster-Verse so far and I genuinely enjoy classic monster flicks already. Maybe I’m just predisposed to enjoying DUMB monster movies with empty characters and nonsense stories. Then again, I’ve never reviewed the Transformers series andContinue reading “GUG Review: Godzilla vs. Kong”

HUMMEL Review: Judas and the Black Messiah (2021)

The title of Shaka King’s (produced by Ryan Coogler) new film should tell you almost everything you need to know about the moral compass of his new film. In Christianity, Judas has a very specific significance, he was Christ’s traitor who handed him over to the Roman authorizes for a thirty pieces of silver. TheContinue reading “HUMMEL Review: Judas and the Black Messiah (2021)”

GUG Review: Zack Snyder’s Justice League

It’s been a month now since Justice League premiered on HBO Max. I recently offered my thoughts on the film over at Geeks Under Grace! The movie was an enormous undertaking brought together by fans and a director’s desire to see his artistic vision respected! At the same time, it was also a long winded,Continue reading “GUG Review: Zack Snyder’s Justice League”

HUMMEL Review: Sound of Metal (2020)

I can’t think of a movie that’s played more heck with my mental state in recent months than Amazon Prime’s recent drama Sound of Metal. I went into the film blind after learning it was one of this year’s best picture nominations. It and Promising Young Woman are the only films on the list IContinue reading “HUMMEL Review: Sound of Metal (2020)”

Art as Pornography: What Do We Get Out of Stories?

I ask myself a simple question a lot nowadays: What do we get out of art? That’s a tough question. Everyone seems to have a different answer but the general consensus when you ask people is “I just want good stories”. It’s a relatable sentiment but even the most basic epistemological questioning of the premiseContinue reading “Art as Pornography: What Do We Get Out of Stories?”

HUMMEL Review: Saint Frances (2020)

There’s a great line at the halfway point of Saint Frances were the film’s central character is experiencing a strange existential conflict. Her mother asks her, “if you could chose between never having been born or being born into the life you’re in right now, which would you choose?” Bridget genuinely doesn’t know how toContinue reading “HUMMEL Review: Saint Frances (2020)”

PODCAST – Jessica Crets Discusses the Empathy of De Palma Films!

A fellow veteran from my short job at Rebeller Media joined me the past week for a fun discussion on the works of Brian De Palma! Jessica Crets is a creative writing student from Missouri who pitched a piece to our editor about the empathetic storytelling in De Palma’s 1980 film Dressed to Kill. AsContinue reading “PODCAST – Jessica Crets Discusses the Empathy of De Palma Films!”

HUMMEL Review: The Vigil (2021)

When I wrote recently about An American Pickle, I said that I was disappointed that the story couldn’t find an interesting way to address the core tensions of the Jewish-American life experience. The movie felt cheap and dishonest. The secular Jewish filmmakers, like Seth Rogen, couldn’t translate the life experience of modern Jewry without overtlyContinue reading “HUMMEL Review: The Vigil (2021)”