The Grand Budapest Hotel
film / Pop Culture / Review

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Wes Anderson’s film The Grand Budapest Hotel hardly needs another glowing review, as it is already a critical darling. It boasts all the signature Anderson touches–but exceeds, in crucial ways, its most recent counterparts. Unlike Moonrise Kingdom, the film that preceeded it, The Grand Budapest Hotel avoids being sickly sweet and twee. Or rather, it balances out that signature saccharine … Continue reading

Superheroes and Modern Masculinity
arts / film / modernity / Pop Culture / Review

Superheroes and Modern Masculinity

Super-hero movies are our modern mythologies, noted a friend who had gone to see the movie with me. It doesn’t require any particular convincing to see that she’s right in many ways, especially since the last several years have seen an endless torrent of makes and re-makes. What was it, four big-budget Spider-Man films in ten years? … Continue reading