Under the Glasses

What if the world is secretly controlled by aliens and the only one who can see them is a cheesy guy with a mullet? I’m not sure if the characters in John Carpenter’s 1988 film They Live are poorly developed or are calculated to subvert heteronormative expectations without its stars or studio getting wise. The Sci-Fi…

Advertisement

There are Other Stories, I Guess

It’s a struggle to think about any other TV show after Twin Peaks but I guess the new episode of American Gods on Sunday was pretty good too. It’s not its fault Twin Peaks casts such an enormous shadow over it. “Git Gone” (named for the Fiona Apple song?) felt much more like Bryan Fuller than Neil Gaiman, in fact it…

Impending Peaks

It won’t be long now before we get to see a new episode of Twin Peaks. It’s still not soon enough for me—”I want it now” has been repeating in my brain for over a year now; that and, “Why is it taking so long?” I’ve been getting ready over the past few days by watching INLAND EMPIRE, David Lynch’s last feature film,…

Truth in a Maze of Information

This week’s exceptionally existential new Doctor Who, “Extremis”, tackled the meaning of individual endeavour in a potentially meaningless world. Last week, the show tackled capitalism and this week has gone on to religion, using the Catholic Church as a context but addressing the more universal function of belief. It…

The Meaningless Score

Naturally, real life gangsters aren’t generally very romantic figures, which might be easy to forget with even some movies that aim to be more realistic inevitably portraying them as charming underdogs. Which isn’t necessarily bad—gangsters are people, too, after all, and may be as complicated as anyone else. But I am…

American Snow

Last night’s new American Gods was an improvement from last week’s. It featured two vignettes unrelated to the main plot, both of which were better than the vignette from last week, and a less suspenseful but more satisfying development in the main plot.

Costly Breath

I can think of few worthier targets for evisceration nowadays than capitalism. So to-day’s new episode of Doctor Who, “Oxygen”, filled me with much more glee than it might have in happier times. Written by Jamie Mathieson, who’s quickly become one of the show’s strongest writers since his first script for the show in…

Advertisement

Back to the Hobbits

Coming to the end of the semester, I find myself indulging in reading more things that haven’t been assigned for a class lately. I started reading The Fellowship of the Ring again, getting quickly and very happily drawn in. I’ve probably watched the Peter Jackson movies about twenty times since the last time I read…