I can recite the Green Lantern oath by heart, and can name most of the Corps' primary members. I periodically place three pencils between the knuckles of my fist to make myself look like Wolverine. I have a section on my bookshelf devoted to the Last Son of Krypton, and I will emphatically point out to anyone who gives me reason that "With great p... read more
"Desperation is the raw material of drastic change." - William Burroughs
I've often wondered why the Bible makes a sine qua non of loving one's parents, whilst love for one's children seems less of a necessity. Indeed, is Isaac anything more than a pawn when God tests Abraham to see if his devotion is such that he would murder him ... read more
"I see too deep and too much." - Henri Barbusse
If voyeurism is as old as cinema itself, then it is only because cinema is in itself voyeuristic. Indeed, the precursor to the film projector was the Kinetoscope, a device designed for an individual to view a short motion picture through a peephole. Though we've come a long way toward... read more
"The one thing this country's still good at." – Crosetti
Television nowadays is radically different than it was just a few decades ago. As many critics have rightfully pointed out, many of the shows which grace the airwaves these days boast more complex storylines, deeper characterizations, and an overall more apparent level of ... read more
"He did everything you do if your intent is to perpetuate a fraud." – Babish
They're all slaves to it.
Oh sure, they can put on their sunniest smiles. Sure, they can strut through the halls with their most confident swaggers and deliver their most rousing speeches and snag the last crab puff at every reception. And they can do it... read more
"Fire will attract more attention than any other cry for help." - Jean-Michel Basquiat
This was tough.
But then again, perhaps it should be.
In undoubtedly the most famous (read: notorious) episode of the Dekalog (not least because of its theatrical expansion, A Short Film About Killing), Kieslowski seemed to want t... read more
"We weren't counting you." – Toby
Aaron Sorkin's television career has its roots in film: He likely never would have conceptualized The West Wing without his prior success with the similarly-themed The American President. (Yes, I'm aware that The West Wing was not his first show, but he initially pitched it t... read more
"We can never get close to the truth except through lying." - Abbas Kiarostami
Who are we?
Which is to say: what makes us who we are? Are we identified merely by our names? Are we known by our deeds? Do we exist insofar as our social roles, our 'functions'? Are we identified by our differences from others, or perhaps our similarit... read more
There's something about the return to creator's guidance after a layoff of a couple episodes. Not to degrade "Rest in Pain" or "The One-Armed Man" any, they're fine episodes of the series if not television generally, but "Cooper's Dreams" has a different feel watching it than other recent entries. The narrative is more taut and springy, the show... read more
Greetings, lower individual. My name is Bertrand, and I grant you permission to address me as such. I further grant you permission to prove me wrong (although I assure you that's not even a remotely possible occurrence) in my saying that I am intellectually superior to you. Don't have an argument in response? I though as much.
Let's dispense with ... read more