Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Micro-Review)

For a radical Leftist, I actually enjoyed Captain America: The Propaganda Soldier.  I mean… winter soldier. The story isn’t something I will spend much time on. The crux of the matter revolves around Hydra coming to light as a force inside Shield; found from “ex-nazis”, Hydra intends on killing mass amounts of people in order to…

King Arthur (2004)

So, I am only going to say this once– Jerry Bruckheimer needs to stay far away from the Arthurian legend. Oh, God, I don’t know where to begin on this; all’s I will say is this: it is not historically accurate. Damn. Okay, so Bruckheimer’s adaptation of the legend is not a bad film, per…

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1974)

I’m not going to say anything that hasn’t already been said. This classic has been around for a while and my insights in this short post aren’t going to amount to anything, so let’s not pretend anything else. That being said, my thoughts on the film: I loved it. I don’t really know what to…

The Fisher King (1991)

Robin Williams and Jeff Bridge’s modern take on the Arthurian tale revolving around a wounded king is a fun trip for anyone interested in analyzing the ups and down of cinematic culture; for example, the film displays a social awareness of the violence, but also fetishization, the homeless population faces: Bridge’s character is nearly murdered…

Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009)

I don’t have much good to say about Paul Blart: Mall Cop. While the film does have a bit of a touching charm with a heavy-set man struggling to find love in a fatphobic world, and some of the physical gags are amusing, most everything else is forgettable comedy; the writing is mediocre at best…

The Heat (2013)

Director Paul Feig of Bridesmaid fame returns with The Heat, a hilarious, potty-mouthed buddy cop flick starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. Like all films worshiping the Pigs, the idea behind the film is to rehabilitate policing, reinforcing its societal role, hence why– once more– the antagonist is yet another bland drug lord. Are there twists…

Criminal Minds (Season 11 Mico-Review)

I’m no newcomer to Criminal Minds—I have seen nine prior seasons (would’ve seen the tenth but I could not find a box set anywhere). One of the things that I find tricky about it in relation to other cop shows is that it presents a more nuanced picture of why people commit crimes, one which…

Ex Machina (2015) (A Micro-Review)

I fully support the idea of Artificial Intelligence, so the fact that I enjoyed Ex Machina despite its slightly alarmist fear-mongering, is a testament to the film itself. I think this is because the film focuses on deeper issues; the blase “is A.I. ethical” debate is overturned in favor of a parable warning not against…

Putting the ‘Lit’ in ‘Literature’ (A Micro-Review)

God, another Very Short Introduction… what is there to even fucking say at this point? Something about sections, something about, uh… an expertise on the subject. Look, I read this book: Medieval Literature: A Very Short Introduction by Elaine Treharne and it is lit, so if y’all got a hankering for an intro to some…

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (Micro-Review)

Call me a philistine, but I never liked Charlotte Bronte. Her writing was always too sentimental and like the quintessential Victorian flower-power child. Her sister– Emily Bronte– was always more to my liking, with her radical feminist writings. As it stands, Jane Eyre is a romance you have seen many time before, even if you…

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Micro-Review)

Some say that poetry can only speak of itself. I always thought this was a bit of a cop out. Of course it can only speak of itself– it’s fucking lyricism! But, in all seriousness, if there was poetry before the great classics, epics, then Sir Gawain and the Green Knight would be that great…

The Anglo-Saxon Age (Micro-Review)

I love the Very Short Introduction series. It is like getting a intellectual shot, only instead of whiskey you get knowledge. This installment on life in Anglo-Saxon England is no exception; written curtly and with information which will get straight to the point, it is an ideal place to start for anyone hankering for a…