Category Arts & Entertainment

Brief reviews of some PS3 games

About a month ago I bought a Playstation 3, and boy, have I been using it. While a generation out of date, the console has impressed me with the quality of some of its releases. This post is a quick review of some of the games I’ve played so far. Uncharted 1, 2, and 3 […]

Review: God of War, Men of Fear

The first God of War​ is a pretty fun game on a technical level—button-smash fighting plus physical puzzles that you run around to solve—and it looks fantastic for a Playstation 2 title. However, GoW’s aesthetic appears to be engineered for emotionally disturbed teenage boys. You gain life from slaughtering innocent bystanders, every woman is whiny […]

Die Hard is a phenomenal racist film

Starring Bruce Willis as a post-modern John Wayne, Professor Snape as a lovable villain, and Reginal VelJohnson from Family Matters as Willis’ love interest, Die Hard marries the wacky hijinks of the Home Alone franchise to Schwarzeneggerian violence and one-liners. This superbly plotted, casually racist action movie deserves its archetypal status in the pantheon of […]

‘This is the End’ and the Problem of Evil

Spoiler alert: I watched This is the End last night, a smart comedy about a group of friends left behind after the Rapture. It’s like Left Behind but funny and well-made. I’d sort of forgotten that there are a significant number of folks who actually take this Biblical prophecy seriously. For me, it seems like […]

How Grand Theft Auto Makes Capitalism Visible (

This article was originally published at An old story tells of an elderly fish greeting a pair of young fish one morning in their aquarium. The elderly fish says, “‘Morning, boys. How’s the water?” The young fishes look at each other blankly and say, “What the heck is water?” The point, of course, is […]

Film Review: Only God Forgives

Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives is one of the weirdest, and most fascinating, films I’ve ever seen. From the Guardian: Imagine a Quentin Tarantino homage to oriental slasher movies but directed by David Lynch at his most elliptical and unsettling. That pretty much sums it up. The films been widely panned by critics, who, […]

Mini Essay: on McCormac’s ‘The Road’ and human cooperation

Cormac McCarthy’s The Road is a profound novel–one which is frighteningly realistic in its portrayal of environmental and social collapse. However: it seems to me that The Road seriously misrepresents human social behavior. The novel follows a father and son during their trek through post-apocalyptic America. The other people they meet in their travels are […]

Review: Safe Haven

First, let’s just get it out in the open that I only watched the second half of this movie. It was the in-flight for a cross-country American Airlines hellride. Second, I just want to observe that it’s perhaps less than kosher to force an entire plane to watch a movie which revolves around domestic abuse, […]

For your happy: Neil Patrick Harris at the Tonys

If you want to improve your mood and have eight minutes to spare, I suggest this video of Neil Patrick Harris performing at the 2013 Tony Awards. Personally, I have limited stomach for musical theater, but this piece is so cleverly written and so impressively performed that it holds appeal for lovers and haters of […]

Zero Dark Thirty Review

First, the verdict: Zero Dark Thirty is a technically competent, somewhat interesting, and wildly irresponsible film. Katheryn Bigalow, who directed Point Break and the Oscar-winning The Hurt Locker, brings her usual gritty, woeful machismo to the chase for Osama bin Laden by a gang of extremely irate office workers and few rednecks with super-guns. While […]