Watching and Reading.

WE OWN THIS CITY Based on a true story and a subsequent book, this is a compact, thoughtful and passionate indictment of police and political corruption. Jon Bernthal's soulful and self-destructive performance gives the whole story a raw and rugged authenticity. It is a considered production with the same melancholy wisdom as The Wire. THE … Continue reading Watching and Reading.

What I’ve Been Reading and Watching

Moon Witch, Spider King. Brutal, earthy and poignant. James' ongoing Night Star trilogy goes back to events before the first book, and the single protagonist, Solonga, the eponymous Moon Witch is compelling and complex as any character in fiction. The patois James uses for her has a gorgeous rhythm to it, and the story itself … Continue reading What I’ve Been Reading and Watching

Tiny Letters From Me

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The Value of Archetypes

(In which I rant about storytelling, immature art and editing. If this isn't interesting, then skip it because I won't be mad) SPOILERS BELOW FOR LOTS OF SHOWS AND MOVIES. Anyone else feeling vaguely dissatisfied with the state of big entertainment? A vague sense of betrayal and frustration? Now, this goes into the weeds a … Continue reading The Value of Archetypes

Silence, I’m Watching Television

Here's some thoughts about what I've been watching: Goliath, Amazon Prime. Two seasons with Billy Bob Thornton in a show created by David E Kelley. The latter created Ally MacBeal and Boston Legal, which were crisp, entertaining and arch legal dramas. Here the combination of the two talents has led to sixteen episodes of a … Continue reading Silence, I’m Watching Television