The Divine Tragedy of Kevin Smith: Clerks III and The Praise of Banality

One of the things that makes Dante’s Divine Comedy a masterpiece is the constant sense of drive that pushing beneath it. Borrowing from the great poets of the western canon, the Florencia poet crafted one of the greatest stories of pilgrimage ever put to paper. And that story ultimately starts by mulling over the question ofContinue reading “The Divine Tragedy of Kevin Smith: Clerks III and The Praise of Banality”

HUMMEL Review: DC League of Superpets

When I left the critic screening for League of Superpets, I was asked by my contact at the distributor company what I thought of the film. I was a little taken back by the question. I didn’t have a substantive option on it. It was a wacky movie for babies, what option could I haveContinue reading “HUMMEL Review: DC League of Superpets”

HUMMEL Review: Elvis

Is it redundant to call a Baz Luhrmann film garish and over-the-top? Probably. Few directors have build sound a strong reputation around stylish aesthetics and visual insanity as much as the director of Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge and Australia. Unlike most directors with a maximalist style, few feel so under-deserved or shallow. He makesContinue reading “HUMMEL Review: Elvis”

HUMMEL Review: Lightyear

It’s always curious when a film becomes part of THE CULTURE WAR and to see how it will be affected by that stigma. When a film becomes verboten because of its perceived politics, it’s widely assumed that it will “get woke” and “go broke”, but this theorem is problematic. Captain Marvel and Star Wars haven’tContinue reading “HUMMEL Review: Lightyear”

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?”

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”

Marvel Fatigue and Cape-Sh*t – Grappling with Woke Politics and Audience Malaise after 27 MCU Films and 20 TV Shows

It has become very popular to crap on Marvel movies, and it isn’t hard to see why.  The Marvel Cinematic Universe has completely overtaken the entire media landscape, subsuming all media within itself and gravitating popular entertainment towards it. Even moderate failures like The Eternals or Black Widow still become multi-million dollar worldwide success storiesContinue reading “Marvel Fatigue and Cape-Sh*t – Grappling with Woke Politics and Audience Malaise after 27 MCU Films and 20 TV Shows”

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)”