AWARDS SEASON: DUNKIRK AND THE HEROISM OF RETREAT

Writer/Director Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, is a hell of a war movie — tight structure, understated acting, sparse production design, tremendous sound design that is largely free of dialogue, and masterful cinematography by Hoyte Van Hoytema. I don’t know if this is a result of Nolan being an English director telling a story about the British army in World War II, but the movie also feels very … Continue reading AWARDS SEASON: DUNKIRK AND THE HEROISM OF RETREAT

GEOFF KLOCK AND I HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT LOGAN ALL YEAR

The first words of Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely’s New X-Men comic run are “Wolverine. You can probably stop doing that now.” My friend Geoff Klock and I first started talking about X-Men way back in 2004, when I emailed him about an article he wrote about that same run of New X-Men comics. Like Wolverine, we haven’t ever really stopped. It’s a subject that … Continue reading GEOFF KLOCK AND I HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT LOGAN ALL YEAR

COLD LITTLE HEARTS AND BIG LITTLE LIES

Any who are celebrating the additon of the “Skip Intro” button on Netflix are fools. Fools! I, for one, am here in a big way for the golden age of atmospheric TV theme songs that we are currently living in. The opening sequence of HBO’s fantastic Big Little Lies, set to Michael Kiwanuka’s “Cold Little Heart,” is a haunting deconstuction of the big motifs of … Continue reading COLD LITTLE HEARTS AND BIG LITTLE LIES