A Lament for the Decline of Reasoned Discourse

“I attack ideas; I don’t attack people. And some very good people have some very bad ideas. And if you can’t separate the two . . . you don’t want to be a judge.” Justice Scalia died of natural causes and was quite certainly not assassinated.  But given the abundance of disrespect and vilification in discourse […]

“GAME OF THRONES”: “The Watchers on the Wall” (Recap/Review)

I was planning on saving myself when it comes to writing about Game of Thrones because whatever my opinion of the season was going to be, I believed it would be incomplete without the benefit of having seen all of it. Though some critics recap episode-by-episode anyway, I’ve never been comfortable with it. It’s the […]

“X-Men: Days of Future Past” (2014): Time in a Bottle (Review)

What does it mean to be in the future of your race? We know plenty of stories about people with special abilities struggling with the responsibility of being heroes, but few of them, perhaps with the ironic exception of Planet of the Apes have ever dealt with the political and emotional fallout of humankind being […]

“Million Dollar Arm” (2014): I Hate Cricket Too (Review)

Million Dollar Arm is an okay movie that suffers from a lack of cohesion and structure in its narrative. None of the problems break the film, but midway through, I couldn’t help but think that the director had fallen asleep at the wheel. And I feel bad that I’m going to spend most of this […]

Game of Thrones – Gilbert & Sullivan (UPDATED)

I am the very model of a dragon king Targaryen. I’ve studied all the families from Mallister to Jon Arryn. I’ve mastered all the magics from the fire to the facelessness, And yet I’m not so sure about that shadow-casting red priestess. I ride on dragons, reign down fire, and roar like a barbarian. I […]

Vivek’s 2014 Academy Awards Predictions

Tonight’s Academy Award celebration is going to be the most important ceremony since 2004 when The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King swept the Oscars and tied Titanic and Ben Hur for the most awards ever. I know people say that every year, but it’s especially poignant for Movie Season 2013 because by most objective criteria, […]

Hunger Games Needs More Hunger

A very short non-spoiler note about “Catching Fire” written on my phone. What I think is missing from the thematic resonance of “Catching Fire” is the culturally ingrained fascination and addiction to the sport and the implied reflection born onto real life. Without having read the books, it’s not hard to see that Suzanne Collins […]