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)”

What even is the point of the Oscars?

Can anyone reasonably claim that the Oscars isn’t a pure parody of itself? I don’t think I know a single person who takes the Oscars seriously anymore. Progressives think it is too conservative. Conservatives think it’s too woke. Casual audiences find it cold and detached. Industry specialists find it blunt and out of touch. ConservativesContinue reading “What even is the point of the Oscars?”

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”

The AntiSocial Network Podcast – Film Critic Confessions and G.K. Chesterton Essays

The last two weeks have given us two wonderful episodes of the show! Last week, we spoke with film critic Tyler Smith about his issues trying to explore and teach film as a film professor and a film critic. This week, an English professor named Mariah Lynch joined us to discuss Ethan Nicole’s new bookContinue reading “The AntiSocial Network Podcast – Film Critic Confessions and G.K. Chesterton Essays”

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”

“Never Hate a Film”: Why I’m Not Worried About Amazon’s Lord of the Rings – The Rings of Power

The YouTuber known only as “Doomcock” has a regular sign-off on his show: “stay angry”. Doomcock runs a rumor channel, he collects all of the most cutting edge rumors about Star Wars, Star Trek, Marvel and other franchises and releases its exposé style to bring attention to the rise of “wokeness” in popular cinema. HisContinue reading ““Never Hate a Film”: Why I’m Not Worried About Amazon’s Lord of the Rings – The Rings of Power”

Crashing Down: The Strange Death of Rolland Emmerich Movies

There was a time not long ago when Rolland Emmerich was one of the most profitable and popular filmmakers alive. He was the man behind massive blockbusters like Independence Day, Godzilla, The Day After Tomorrow, The Patriot, 2012, and White House Down. He was untouchable and he could make any schlock action movie he wantedContinue reading “Crashing Down: The Strange Death of Rolland Emmerich Movies”

Where Have I Been? – The Cultural Revue in 2021 Review

2021 has been one of the strangest and most interesting years of my young life. After the cataclysm of the COVID-19 pandemic, losing my job in IT, watching the United States descend into political hostility the likes of which we haven’t seen (only getting worse in the last year), I made the effort to branchContinue reading “Where Have I Been? – The Cultural Revue in 2021 Review”