I remain in the throes of the painter-centric behemoth but I have broken away from it to intake some other media from time-to-time. For today's post, some brief conversation around two pieces: David Fincher's newest film, Mank, and the quarantine season of Great British Bake Off. MankFor his newest film, director David Fincher made a … Continue reading Going Off Book – ‘Mank’ and ‘Great British Bake Off’
After work yesterday, I went to my local watering hole and ordered a beer. It took a while for my partner to arrive, saying as he sat down, "Sorry. Have you been waiting long?" "That's okay," I replied. "You gave me time to finish my book." And it was that deployment of the possessive "my" … Continue reading Possessions, Witches, Parasites.
Holiday traditions abound and that includes the various sub-traditions within the larger ones. Sure, most of us give and open presents to celebrate Christmas but whether you do so on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning has divided many a newly-joined couple. We have food traditions but whether you and your family prioritize cookies or dinner … Continue reading Going Off Book: My Christmas Movies
There are a couple of different ways to do smart horror movies. The first explores a specific topic, what the film is “about,” and the plot serves as scaffolding to unpack that theme. Ari Aster’s first feature, Hereditary, falls into this camp. It’s a movie about grief and how our parents’ worst traits can be … Continue reading Going off Book: Midsommar
Okay, I'm going to go off book, literally, to discuss the two biggest pieces of mass media that came out this weekend: Avengers: Endgame and episode three of the final Game of Thrones season, "The Long Night." It may be a little rough but I'm putting it out there anyway. Both the wrap-up of phase … Continue reading Going Off Book: Avengers and Game of Thrones