Thursday, November 16, 2017

In the Valley of Elah

In the Valley of Elah is about a father’s search for his youngest son. On the service it may just have the typical family drama propelled by a detective story but in truth there is a cleverly hidden antiwar subtext underneath. Too clever that I actually missed it.

Saturday, November 11, 2017



Gifted reminds me very much of Iam Sam. The same basic elements are there: a father, a young girl, and a third party wanting to break them up. The story also plays with the what-if half of the relationship is an outlier; for Gifted it’s the girl as she is boosted to the level of a math prodigy.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Spider-man Homecoming


In honor of the 3 Spider-man movie versions in over 15 years, here are my 3 character related observations of the newest one Spider-man Homecoming.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Identity Crisis

The exploration of death is inevitable in a superhero story. 

Not to be confused with the loss that often makes the hero, this exploration of death is of the loss which occurs during and perhaps because of being a superhero. Batman has already lost a Robin. In Marvel, Spider-man has lost a girlfriend

A hero is supposed to save lives so what questions and doubts does death raise? 

Monday, October 16, 2017

What would Uncle Ben say?

From QuoteInvestigator

With great power there must also come, great responsibility.

Peter Parker’s biggest regret and therefore the greatest lesson about having powers is what made the above arguably the most famous quote of Spider-man. 

Sunday, October 01, 2017

It Comes at Night

So what if you had all the supplies, the fortified dwelling, when the world all goes to shit.