#97: Himbos Akimbo: Joel Schumacher’s The Phantom of the Opera

Joel Schumacher should never have made those Batman movies. Not because they’re bad. They’re good/bad, and that’s about as much deference as most comic book franchises deserve. Joel Schumacher shouldn’t have made those movies because of the damage they did to his reputation. The guy that made The Lost Boys and Falling Down should beContinue reading “#97: Himbos Akimbo: Joel Schumacher’s The Phantom of the Opera”

#98: Let’s Have a Toast for the Douchebags – Volker Schlöndorff’s Baal

            There’s no Hollywood story quite like that of a director run amok. Francis Ford Coppolla tap dancing on the edge of the abyss while making Apocalypse Now is probably the most famous example of this for Americans, but all of these stories are wild in their own way. Werner Herzog famously came a hair’sContinue reading “#98: Let’s Have a Toast for the Douchebags – Volker Schlöndorff’s Baal”

#99: Weird, Wonderful Mess – Julie Taymor’s Titus

Titus Andronicus is by far the weirdest play Shakespeare ever wrote. It’s got some of the grossest deaths in his canon and it’s by far the meanest. It’s a revenge story of a disgraced Roman general wiping out the family of the emperor that allowed 25 of his 26 kids to be murdered, raped, mutilatedContinue reading #99: Weird, Wonderful Mess – Julie Taymor’s Titus

#100: The Best Comic Book Movie Ever Filmed – Pete Travis’s Dredd

It’ll be interesting to see how films historians view the late 2010’s. The decade where comic book movies, primarily DC and Marvel properties, became at once the most expensive and the highest grossing films in the history of the medium. Where the cinematic titan that Marvel Studios has become stood on the shoulders of ChristopherContinue reading “#100: The Best Comic Book Movie Ever Filmed – Pete Travis’s Dredd”

Anarchism, But Spooky!: Occult Features of Anarchism by Erica Lagalisse

                Conspiracy theories rule. Cryptids? Hell yes. Give me all the Mothmen and Skunk Apes that small town American can encounter on a warm summer night. Satanic Panic? Boomers losing their shit over Dungeons & Dragons is hilarious, keep it coming. Government, big business and Hollywood are run by amoral sickos that show active disdainContinue reading “Anarchism, But Spooky!: Occult Features of Anarchism by Erica Lagalisse”

Radical Feminism With A Capital ‘R’: The SCUM Manifesto by Valerie Solanas

            The exact details of June 3, 1968 are murky. What is known is that throughout that morning a woman named Valerie Solanas went around to places haunted by the artist Andy Warhol, asking for him specifically. On her person was handgun. Around 2 PM at Warhol’s art studio known as ‘The Factory,’ Solanas caughtContinue reading “Radical Feminism With A Capital ‘R’: The SCUM Manifesto by Valerie Solanas”

A Small Story, Told Well: Mr. Salary by Sally Rooney

                  Sally Rooney is an author who’s career over the last few years has in modern terminology, ‘blown the hell up.’ Her first novel, Normal People was a big ol’ hit that became a big ol’ hit a second time when it was adapted into a Hulu series that was released just around the timeContinue reading “A Small Story, Told Well: Mr. Salary by Sally Rooney”

Vindication of the Epstein-Brained: Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties by Tom O’Neil

              Conspiracy theories have gripped American politics by the throat. As of this writing, more than one American politician on the national level has expressed public belief in the ‘QAnon’ conspiracy theory. What is this you ask? To explain it poorly, an anonymous government employee, posting on reddit and other websites as ‘Q,’ periodically releasesContinue reading “Vindication of the Epstein-Brained: Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties by Tom O’Neil”

The First Graphic Novel?: A Contract With God by Will Eisner

            Unless you’re a big-ass book nerd, you’ve probably recently heard of Philip Roth because of the new alternate-history hit on HBO called The Plot Against America. The story revolves around an alternate 1940 election where Charles Lindbergh defeated FDR and creates an American fascist state rather than implementing the New Deal. The centerpiece ofContinue reading “The First Graphic Novel?: A Contract With God by Will Eisner”