All posts by: S.W. Hannan

Foxcatcher – Review

Why did John Du Pont (Steve Carell) choose Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) to lead his Foxcatcher wrestling team? I ask this question not because Mark is an inadequate choice. Mark is an excellent wrestler. He won the gold medal for [...]

Interstellar – Review

Cooper, the protagonist of Interstellar, played by Mathew McConaughey, is a former NASA astronaut/test pilot/engineer, who immediately recognizes the image of a wormhole when presented with a picture of one. The trouble is, he has never seen a wormhole before, [...]

Nightcrawler – Review

In the world of Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler, humanity can be sacrificed at an altar of professionalism. In exchange, for compassion and decency, someone like Louis Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) can be granted excellent negotiating skills, a generic, corporate vocabulary filled with [...]

John Wick — Review

The inciting incident in John Wick is more of a shot from a starter pistol than a story setup. It’s a thin, manipulative shot that dubiously justifies a feature-length movie stuffed with indiscriminate violence. But John Wick has the best [...]

More Human Than Human – Lucy: Review

We believe that we are inadequate. We eagerly accept unfounded claims which denigrate us. The most popular may be the one that says the average human only uses 10% of its cognitive ability. Self-deprecating ideas like that make their way [...]

Baby Don’t Hurt Me — Gone Girl: Review

Were Nick and Amy in love? Of course they were. They had a dreamy meet-cute, where Nick charmingly convinced Amy to give him one of her two specialty beers. He then fancifully speculated on which hipster the beer was intended. [...]

Inbound: A Familiarity With New Beginnings

BART train cars have the hard lines, light construction, and plastic feel of a videogame console from the 80s; like what Nintendo thought the future might look like from 1989. They are squat and pale when compared to the tall [...]

Astro City

The six issues contained in the first volume of Astro City: Life in the Big City are mostly isolated episodes which focus on the people who live in Astro City, a superhero revisionist, modern city. Each story is compelling on [...]

The Stanley Parable – Part 1

Assisted by a charming narrator, Stanley, of The Stanley Parable, discovers that his office is suddenly devoid of other human beings. The narrator describes Stanley’s concern about maybe missing a memo regarding a hypothetical meeting, and says Stanley heads to [...]

“Weird Al” Yankovic – Mandatory Fun : Review

‘Weird Al’ Yankovic has said that Mandatory Fun is his best album. In the current media culture such a claim can only be half truth and half advertising, at best. Every decent artist tries to make every piece his or [...]