Category: 2022 TV Essays

Sex Pistols Essay - Pistol TV Series on FX

Making Sense of the Bullocks: Examining the Punk Unpleasantries of ‘Pistol’ and ‘Sid and Nancy’

“FX’s ‘Pistol’ stays true to the chaotic nature of the Sex Pistols and manages to sprinkle in some of that Boyle pop energy.”

Better Call Saul Essay - Obsessional Neurosis

‘Better Call Saul’ and Mechanisms of Obsessional Neurosis

“‘Better Call Saul’ is ultimately an interesting case study of adjacency that points to a more sustainable prequel model that television in general might wish to use in future.”

The Volume Essay - The Mandalorian Stagecraft

The Volume: The Final Stage

“The old silver screens have reached their limit, and even 4K will become passé. Perhaps it’s time for Hollywood and theater chains to up the ante by investing in venues and screens similar to the Volume.”

Jesus of Nazareth Movie essay - 1977 Franco Zeffirelli Film

They Know Not What They Do: The Passion of the Christ in Franco Zeffirelli’s ‘Jesus of Nazareth’

“‘Jesus of Nazareth’ is precisely a film of moments, and Zeffirelli depicts them with expert technique.”

Too Old to Die Young Essay - 2019 Amazon Series by Nicolas Winding Refn and Ed Brubaker

Numbness and Arousal in the Post-Postmodern Apocalypse of ‘Too Old to Die Young’

“Taken as a whole, ‘Too Old to Die Young’ is a summative statement on genre, aesthetics and the crumbling American psyche, delivered with a fury sublimated in neon glow. It is a major work of art.”

Camera Man Book Review - 2022 Dana Stevens Buster Keaton Biography

The Slow Train Home

“I’m thankful to Stevens for her ‘unsnobbish enthusiasm’ in ‘Camera Man,’ just as I’m thankful to Patrick Somerville and his ‘Station Eleven’ co-writers for their story about second chances and art therapy.”