What's a cop in a world full of anti-heroes?

What's a cop in a world full of anti-heroes?
by B. Harvey

A Puck the Size of a Whale: Leviathan & Red Army

A Puck the Size of a Whale: Leviathan & Red Army
by B. Harvey

A culture where college players can't win

A culture where college players can't win
by B. Brody

A Stampede, the NBA Finals, & Links

A Stampede, the NBA Finals, & Links
by B. Harvey

With the 26th pick: Waiting on an NBA Draft's fruition

July 3, 2015


The following was written just before the start of this summer's free agency signing period:

With the 26th pick in Thursday night’s NBA Draft, the San Antonio Spurs picked Nikola Milutinov. He is from Serbia, and chances are most basketball fans, me included, have never seen him play.

American Sniper, or Clint Eastwood's reduction of a soldier's life

June 29, 2015

Wait, so you're telling me, Bradley Cooper, that I'm not the real Chris Kyle?
I finally watched Clint Eastwood’s Oscar-nominated American Sniper (2014). I had avoided the film largely because I thought it would be impossible to view it on its own terms, rather than as a lynchpin in political debates over U.S. foreign policy or arguments over the role of art in depictions of war. I thought perhaps enough time had passed since the furor of Oscar-season that I could hash the film out of opinion’s rubble and view for what it is. I admit such a task is probably foolhardy and vain on my part, but, regardless, what I found in American Sniper is a rather mundane film for its lack of ambition and attempts to avoid controversy.

The Cinematography in Mr. Turner: Can you see the elephant?

June 27, 2015

See if you can find the man in a red & white stripes.

Mr. Turner (2014) is a seemingly slow and methodical film. The consumption of which at two and a half hours is a rather daunting task. After all, the closest the film comes to offering either goblin or cave troll to its audience members is the perpetual grunting of its title character (played by Timothy Spall). And yet to reshape the film by cutting time or to have made its pace anything quicker than a stroll would have been to photo shop director and writer Mike Leigh’s vision into something compressed and claustrophobic.

On Snowball's Chance by John Reed

June 23, 2015


John Reed's novella is no longer new and neither is it old. Published originally in 2002 by Roof Books, Snowball's Chance begins "The old pigs were dying" (3)--Napoleon included. The death of the old totalitarian regime creates a porous opportunity for Snowball's return. And he does, with a goat at his side. 

The Steve Kerr Moment

June 22, 2015



The Steve Kerr moment exists wherever Steve Kerr exists. 

A Puck the Size of a Whale: Conversing on Leviathan & Red Army

June 18, 2015


Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan (2014) begins where the ocean meets the sand. The skeleton of a whale marks in the shape of a prehistoric fence marks the boundary. The tides lap at the pale bones, the coastal cliffs, and gray rocks. Almost everything appears lost in its own shape.
 

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