Tag Archives: Homer

The Highwaymen [2019]

In some of his junket interviews, Kevin Costner has described this film as a Western, joining other recent Westerns like Hell or High Water in a kind of genre revival that’s really an identification that’s probably more interesting than either of … Continue reading

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12 Books of Christmas: The Iliad

We are at an interesting moment in cultural awareness, where all cultural values in The West ™ are being renegotiated for new sensibilities and emergent values. One recent focus for these has been Leia, from Star Wars. Two things seem to … Continue reading

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Suicide Squad [2016]

There is exactly one great ensemble-based action-adventure: the Iliad. Achilles is clearly the main character, inasmuch as his choices shape the narrative, but the bulk of the action features the other badasses being badass – Hektor propping up the entire … Continue reading

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Fast and Furious 7 [2015] – Part 2

In Part 1 I wrote about things that caught my eye, but which weren’t really the central chasis of the story. In this part, it’s time to tackle the real meaning of Christmas: Jason Statham. Action movies are built on … Continue reading

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Fictional Nemeses

I recently caught up with Steven Spielberg’s Catch Me If You Can [2002]. While it was a fun little semi-comical adventure, and the cast all did what they were supposed to do, it was far too amiable and straightforward for … Continue reading

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Testing literary hypotheses

I would say that this year there has been a big improvement in my writing technique, both from the point of view of gaming material and from the point of view of academic writing. An improvement that hasn’t been without … Continue reading

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Troilus and Cressida

Troilus and Cressida is Shakespeare’s perspective on the Trojan War, not so much from Homer, but from Chaucer, whose source was apparently Italian. I am not certain what to make of this play, and so far, my critical reading is … Continue reading

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