Mandy (2018)

Mandy (2018)
“The Sins of the Fathers” In The Anxiety of Influence: A Theory of Poetry (1973), literary critic Harold Bloom famously postulates a Freudian theory of intertextuality. Resulting from his study of Romantic poets, Bloom defines six potential relationships between new artists and their forebears. I propose using Bloom’s theory to study an actual father/son relationship, ...

Creed (2015)

Creed (2015)
“Bicentennial Man, Revisited” I went to Creed reluctantly, not believing the hype about how good the film was, and certainly not wanting my working class family’s love of the original Rocky (John G. Avildsen, 1976) to be trampled into the dirt. I am delighted to report that the movie is indeed as good as people ...

Grudge Match (2013)

Grudge Match (2013)
Allegory of the Ring Grudge Match, a seemingly silly film about two geriatric boxers played by Sylvester Stallone and Robert DeNiro, turns out to be the most interesting film this holiday season. Alas, not many will go to see it, because people are trained to see the surface of things. Instead, what I want to ...