Riddick: Vin Diesel’s Passion Project

Vin Diesel, Katee Sackhoff, Karl Urban Is it a good movie? No, not really. It won’t make any post-Academy snub lists. The effects are on a budget, the acting is high school theater guild, and it’s not scary. It’s more or less by-the-numbers and familiar, made for young males. But I liked it. It wasContinue reading “Riddick: Vin Diesel’s Passion Project”

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”

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.”