Some Thoughts on Recent Events and the Need for Change

Ferguson. Mike Brown. Sexism. James Foley. Rape culture. Ezell Ford. Anita Sarkeesian. John Crawford. Fraternities. Steven Sotloff. Racism. Zoe Quinn. Misogyny. ISIS. Ray Rice. GamerGate. I think there’s a connection between every word and name on that list. It’s tempting to treat them as though they have to do with largely disparate issues like racism, … Continue reading

Neglecting the Whole

I’m not even going to pretend what I have to say here is in any way groundbreaking, or a must-read, or that what I say in the next few paragraphs will blow your mind. My heart and soul hurt, and I just need to write something. Maybe it will help. And yes, these feelings are … Continue reading

An Appeal to Chinese Martial Arts Cinema

So I finally watched Yuen Woo Ping’s True Legend (2010) last night and had a thought. Well, I had many thoughts, most of them negative, but one main thought. Martial arts cinema – especially from Mainland China – seems to be adapting to the requirements of a globalized cinema audience in all the wrong ways … Continue reading

Why I No Longer Watch Movie Trailers

I used to love watching movie trailers. I was the guy who would make sure to be at the theater at least 30 minutes in advance, because I absolutely COULD NOT miss the trailers. When the internets came around, I spent hours upon hours watching trailers and teasers of the latest movies to be coming … Continue reading

Teaching Philosophy? Why Not a Living Philosophy?

Time for some real talk. And some thinking out loud as I work through some ideas. From the inception of this website, I have struggled with including a section titled ‘Teaching Philosophy.’ After all, one of the purposes of this website is to include all of my professional development materials, and an instructor-to-be’s philosophy of … Continue reading

One-Sheet Quick-Takes: Round 1

I wrote briefly in a previous post about how much I love movie posters. I’ve been wanting to write more about them but had a hard time coming up with the best way to approach it, until now. I come across a lot of posters that I immediately have problems with, can’t believe the low … Continue reading