Corrupted Symbols – Review of “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” episode 4 “The Whole World is Watching”

Whoa… That’s really all I could think at the end of episode 4 of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. In an episode that didn’t lack in any category (I’d say this is easily the best episode of the series to date), the ending left its mark on me and the people I was watching … Continue reading Corrupted Symbols – Review of “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” episode 4 “The Whole World is Watching”

Enemies Become Allies – Review of “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” Episode 3 “Power Broker”

For early access to essays like this, as well as exclusive podcasts, fiction, and poetry, support me on Patreon When you have to turn to a villain for assistance, you know you’ve reached a moral tipping point. It’s a classic trope, made most famous by The Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal Lecter. Descending further … Continue reading Enemies Become Allies – Review of “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” Episode 3 “Power Broker”

When Titans Collide – Review of “Godzilla vs. Kong”

"Godzilla vs. Kong" poster art. Source For early access to essays like this, as well as exclusive podcasts, fiction, and poetry, support me on Patreon Right out of the gate, I want to make it clear: I love kaiju movies. My mother introduced me to Godzilla when I was 6 or 7 years old when … Continue reading When Titans Collide – Review of “Godzilla vs. Kong”

The Weight We Carry – Review of “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” Episode 2″The Star-Spangled Man”

All of us carry the weight of our associations, friendships, loves, and family throughout our lives. Sometimes, the weight is light and we hardly ever notice. And there are times where it hangs around our shoulders, dragging us to our knees and keeping us there. Episode 2 of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, titled … Continue reading The Weight We Carry – Review of “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” Episode 2″The Star-Spangled Man”

The House with the Haunted Past – Review of “Lovecraft Country” Episode 3 “Holy Ghost”

Poster Art. Source Going into the third episode, I wasn’t entirely sure how the show would continue the narrative, which is a good thing. Following the events of “Whitey’s on the Moon”, we see the remaining characters dealing with the fallout of George Freeman’s death. The focus of this episode is death, specifically those who … Continue reading The House with the Haunted Past – Review of “Lovecraft Country” Episode 3 “Holy Ghost”

Better in Some Respects – Review of “Zack Snyder’s Justice League”

Poster Art for "Zack Snyder's Justice League". Source Well, let’s unpack this monstrosity of a film, shall we? Born from a largely online campaign and the dearth of prospects for theatrical releases, Warner Bros. decided to give Zack Snyder a chance to recut his version of Justice League, the crossover film that was released back … Continue reading Better in Some Respects – Review of “Zack Snyder’s Justice League”

Finding a New Hero – Review of “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” Episode One “New World Order”

The Falcon and The Winter Solider poster art. Source It’s that time again and there’s a new Marvel show to watch on Disney Plus. “New World Order”, the first episode of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, places the audience six months after the events of Avengers: Endgame, with Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes both … Continue reading Finding a New Hero – Review of “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” Episode One “New World Order”

The Lodge of Adam – Review of “Lovecraft Country” Episode Two “Whitey’s on the Moon”

Picking up from my last review on Lovecraft Country, episode two “Whitey’s on the Moon” examines the Braithwhite Lodge, its residents, and the village near it along with the central mystery that started the series in the first episode. Tragedy, power dynamics, and the question of lineage all come in to play in an episode … Continue reading The Lodge of Adam – Review of “Lovecraft Country” Episode Two “Whitey’s on the Moon”

When Night Falls – Review of Episode One “Sundown” of “Lovecraft Country”

It says something deeply troubling about how American History is taught in public schools that entertainment such HBO’s Watchmen and Lovecraft Country are the main means for exploring the darkest times in America. I say this because I didn’t learn any of the history used as the backdrop of these fictional stories. My hat’s off … Continue reading When Night Falls – Review of Episode One “Sundown” of “Lovecraft Country”

The Final Stage of Grief – Review of “WandaVision” Episode 9 “The Series Finale”

The final stage of grief is acceptance and it’s the one that most of us have the most difficulty reaching. All of us have lost someone we love, someone who helped define us and make us the person we are today. Getting to the point of accepting they are no longer going to be with … Continue reading The Final Stage of Grief – Review of “WandaVision” Episode 9 “The Series Finale”