Notes on Shame

No, not notes on the movie where you get to see Michael Fassbender’s pendulous dong. Sorry to disappoint. What I want to talk about is the feeling and the concept of shame. 1 Like Caliban in Shakespeare’s The Tempest — or if you want a more low brow cultural touchstone, Sloth from The Goonies — shame is this misshapen, […]

Film Notes: Cloud Atlas

The more I watch Cloud Atlas, the more I’m convinced it’s a masterpiece. Here are a few notes on why. Someone once said “good art consoles, great art provokes.” The Wachowski’s and Tom Tykwer’s Cloud Atlas does both.  To claim it as a masterpiece would be premature, as this film requires slow burn reflection and I only […]

Gremlins on the Wing

Have you ever seen that Twilight Zone episode, Nightmare at 20,000 Feet? Or at least The Simpsons parody? William Shatner plays a passenger on a flight who sees a gremlin on the wing of the plane, sabotaging the engine. Whenever he tries to draw other passengers’ or the crew’s attention to it, the gremlin jumps […]