HUMMEL Review: Snake Eyes – GI Joe Origins

I don’t care about the GI Joe brand. I wasn’t an ‘80s kid and therefore I have no nostalgia for it as an entertainment franchise. I’d previously tried watching the first of the two big blockbuster GI Joe films and I didn’t get halfway through it without getting immensely bored. My only interest in thisContinue reading “HUMMEL Review: Snake Eyes – GI Joe Origins”

HUMMEL Review: Pig (2021)

I was not expecting a Nic Cage movie to be among this year’s best movies but nowadays I don’t expect a lot of things from film. Post 2019, it’s very hard to depend on Hollywood to deliver much very promptly. Regardless, it was inevitable that we’d get another one of Nic Cage’s WEIRD movies. He’sContinue reading “HUMMEL Review: Pig (2021)”

HUMMEL Review: Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain

If classic cinema teaches us anything it’s that the lives of enigmatic people can’t easily be summed up simply or easily. This is specifically true in the case of people who die enigmatic deaths. Charles Foster Kane has his rosebud but the truth and meaning of that secret died with him. I suspect the sameContinue reading “HUMMEL Review: Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain”

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 Classic Review: The King of Kings

This past Easter, I watched through a dozen adaptations of the last of Christ to pick out which versions best captured his story and message. My understated favorite of the lot was Cecil B. Demille’s 1927 biopic King of Kings. The film was a beautiful if unorthodox adaptation of the life of Christ. Demille doesContinue reading “GUG Classic Review: The King of Kings”

The Missing American Epic: Is Star Wars a Great Contribution to Literature?

I’ve been thinking lately about the idea of epic poetry and how great poems become the foundational stories of a cultural identity. Chaucer, The Song of Roland, The Saga of the Vulsang, The Aeneid and Homer’s Epic Cycle weren’t just great works of literature. These were the foundational stories of civilizations. These are the worksContinue reading “The Missing American Epic: Is Star Wars a Great Contribution to Literature?”