The Golden Record

In 1977 we sent a time capsule into space with our sounds, our science, and our music in the hopes that one day and alien civilization will find it and learn about us.

Vin Diesel’s Killing It. So Why Isn’t He An A-Lister?

Despite the record business Diesel fetches and high-profile films he stars in, he’s still a rung beneath his contemporaries. There’s a prestige ceiling he seems unable (or more likely content not) to reach for.

Alien: A First-Time Retrospective

Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt That’s right. I’ve never seen Alien, until now. Join Erik and I as we discuss the classic 1979 science fiction film. I’m a newbie; he’s a big-time fan. I even get scolded a little for having let such a thing like this slip. It’s my own fault. Call itContinue reading “Alien: A First-Time Retrospective”

Rocket Man: Do You Own Your Own Life Story?

  You might remember a movie called October Sky. It opened in ‘99 and starred Jake Gyllenhaal as Homer Hickam, a boy from West Virginia who dreams of getting out of his coal mine town. He was inspired, along with his friends, by the Russian satellite launch of Sputnik 1 in 1957. At that timeContinue reading “Rocket Man: Do You Own Your Own Life Story?”

THE LOBSTER: Smart, A Bit Long

Firstly, it’s weird. People talk weird. The dialogue is choppy and literal. People say what they are thinking to each other, and include every detail. Part of it’s stylistic, contributing to a thick layer of unease. But it also serves the story in certain ways. The residents are motivated to find a partner and are thus more willing to speak frankly about their feelings and if their defining characteristics are quote “a match.”