Will Smith's 2017 movie Bright was an early example of a big disparity between audience scores and professional reviewers, although in this case the audience only found it "okay", while often now the phenomenon produces outsized positive audience scores just to be contrary. I watched this movie and liked it.
I was reading the DMR Books blog post REVIEW: Tarzan Forever: The Life of Edgar Rice Burroughs by John Taliaferro, and I stumbled on this gem. It is another fascinating data point on the state of the book market. Like many Americans, ERB had read the pulps, especially the bestselling
A movie review I read today helped me put my finger on why exactly I felt that Disney’s Encanto was good, but not great. First, John C. Wright’s review identified Encanto as an allegory. Let’s delve into that a bit. If you look up a definition of
A great Twitter thread from the author of the Grey Goose Chronicles Substack, on Russian Orthodox missions in Alaska. I thought the story of Saint Peter the Aleut was a bit out of character for the Franciscan missions in California, and sure enough down thread Stone Age Herbalist agrees with
I took my wife out on a date night to see Ghostbusters: Afterlife, and I was entirely pleased with the movie. It honored the spirit of the original Ghostbusters [Amazon link], and since that is one of my favorite movies from my childhood, I liked this one too. It had
Then out spake brave Horatius, The Captain of the Gate: "To every man upon this earth Death cometh soon or late. And how can man die better Than facing fearful odds, For the ashes of his fathers, And the temples of his Gods." 2013’s Oblivion [Amazon link] starring Tom
Dune [Amazon link] is definitely one of my favorite novels [with interesting reservations], so I decided to check out the new film adaption by Denis Villeneuve. The short review is that I really liked this version. I've written about Dune quite a bit. As a novel, Dune is one of