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Vivek Subramanyam

I'm Vivek. I am a well-spoken and highly energetic Renaissance Man and an incomparable political junkie. I have spent most of my life as a martial artist. I am a Life Scout. I am a certified Advanced SCUBA Diver. I am a runner. I am a double black diamond skier from the ice mountains of New England. I am a fan of all things Boston - the sports teams, the Sam Adams beer, the harbor - everything except the accent, of which I have none. I hope you enjoy reading my work as much as I enjoy writing it. Follow me on Twitter at @VerverkS. - V

Recent Posts

Why “Seinfeld” Was the Peak of Television

On television, you can do anything; except nothing. Despite there being entirely too much of it, I like television today more than I liked it when I was a kid.  It is fashionable to label the modern era “the golden age of television.”  In reality, that “golden age” ended with a pathetic whimper following the […]

The Twenty-Two Best Films of the 21st Century

The “Movies of the Century – Year by Year” can be found here. And now the second list to end the year 2022; Merry Christmas to all! This is the list of the century’s best and most significant films, separate from my own list of subjective preferences, but perhaps not entirely so.  This list will […]

“Avatar: The Way of Water” (2022): A Wet Blanket (Review)

★★ It won’t be as easy to dismiss Avatar: The Way of Water as it was the first. The closest I can get is to call it “Whale Wars: The Avatar Movie.”  But that’s less instinctively intuitive than what everyone called the first: “Dances with Wolves and/or Pocahontas in space with blue cat people.” I’m […]

“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” (2022): The Less Than Great Reset (Review)

★½ Ryan Coogler should never have agreed to return for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.  It is beneath his great talents, a waste of time, and a dishonor to Chadwick Boseman. In the years since Avengers: Endgame played with the space-time continuum to undo the erasure of half the universe by taking away anything and everything […]

What “Top Gun: Maverick” Gave Back to “Star Wars”

Top Gun‘s legacy sequel of 36 years owes its story and existence to a great many things; not just the original.  It’s “Mission: Impossible” and Heartbreak Ridge (1986) with fighter jets and erotica – your easy tagline for Maverick.  See it in IMAX, then see it again.  It deserves it, and so do your local […]

The Wound at the Heart of the Supreme Court Confirmation Process

It hasn’t always been this way.  There is only one way to fix it.  And it ain’t pretty. The newest Supreme Court nominee, Ketanji Brown Jackson – a former clerk of the Justice she has been chosen to replace, a federal practitioner of criminal defense, former member of the United States Sentencing Commission, and near-decade […]

V’s Ten for Ten: #10 – “Escape from Alcatraz” (1979)

“We don’t make good citizens, but we make good prisoners.” – The Warden Welcome to the end of the Ten for Ten.  The end of the experimental decade in cinema, the end of Clint Eastwood’s serial acting collaboration with any director (from this moment onwards, he has acted in fewer than ten films that were […]

V’s Ten for Ten: #9 – “Mutiny on the Bounty” (1935)

“But perhaps, as your father used to say: ‘A taut hand at sea is better than a slack one.’“ What does it mean to create a civilization?  Is it possible that something as lawless as a mutiny can bring about one of the greatest advances in law, order, and institutional structure in history? Mutiny on […]

V’s Ten for Ten: #8 – “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” (2011)

“If the Secretary wanted me out of there, it must be pretty bad out here.” – Ethan Hunt As a rule, the longer a franchise runs, the more stale it gets, and the easier it is to spot the moment where it peaked. Even with exceptions, the rule remains.  Harry Potter peaked with the third […]