As authentic and human as it is funny, The Big Sick makes a strong case for one of the best films of the year.
In just one short week, director Rian Johnson has taken his new Star Wars film from one of the most highly anticipated films in the saga to one of the most divisive. In so doing, he has created a bold and original take on the franchise, one that sees a return to the original film’s roots in some important thematic ways.
If you were hoping for something new from the newest album by the Seattle-bred Foo Fighters, well, this isn’t quite your album. Concrete and Gold isn’t exactly bad, and it even has its better moments, but it brings nothing new to the table, nor does have any discernible thematic focus.
Zack Snyder’s follow-up to 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has none of its predecessor’s thematic ambition and theological inclinations. The crowd-pleaser we get instead is consistently entertaining, even if lacking in a central, grounding theme.
Logan talks with Elijah Thompson of The Fetal Position and Dank Pro-Life Memes, and reviews Thor: Ragnarok, All But Invisible by Nate Collins, and Kelly Clarkson’s latest release, The Meaning of Life.
The original American Idol has released a new album ruminating on The Meaning of Life. The subject matter of that album, given the record’s title, tells us a lot about how the secular culture establishes meaning and purpose.
Thor: Ragnarok has a gained a stronger hold in the affections of Marvel fans than previous Thor films. This is largely due to its Guardians-esque sense of humor and absurdity, as well as its neon color palette and “buddy cops in space” vibe with the Hulk. This is all true, and the film is an absolute blast; it also includes some interesting thoughts, though admittedly secondary, on how the Asgardians as immigrants or refugees draw their identity while disconnected from their homeland.