Archives for April, 2020

“Patton” (1970): All Glory Is Fleeting

“For over a thousand years Roman conquerors returning from the wars enjoyed the honor of triumph, a tumultuous parade. In the procession came trumpeters, musicians and strange animals from conquered territories, together with carts laden with treasure and captured armaments. The conqueror rode in a triumphal chariot, the dazed prisoners walking in chains before him. […]

The Cinematic Constructions of Steven Spielberg: Disagreement with Film

AUTHOR’S NOTE: This article was originally published on the Cinematic Katzenjammer in May, 2018. The following article is subjective, deeply personal, and politically charged in ways that are sure to upset at least one person. I hope you’ll consider it anyway. In 2016 I reviewed Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge and proudly proclaimed it as the […]

The Cinematic Constructions of Christopher Nolan: Part II – Mind Games

This article was originally published on the Cinematic Katzenjammer in March 2018, as the second of three parts. Part I can be found here. In Part I we talked big picture construction – heroic virtue established by resistance to nihilism, representations of fear, and the condition of the Joker. For Part II, we’re going small. […]

“Onward” (2020): Pixar’s Fake Gamer Moment (Review)

★★ Two years ago, I saw Ready Player One. My feelings for that film went beyond professional appreciation. It touched a nerve the way no movie had in probably at least a decade before it. What I liked most about it was how true it felt to the experience of having a deep personal connection […]