SyFy Wire: “Sonic Underground was Peak Weird Sonic”

Full disclosure: I never got Sonic the Hedgehog. I should love Sonic. I was 13 years old when the game debuted in 1991. I bought a Sega Genesis with my lawnmowing money in 1993 and played the system all the time. And yet, I found the games boring and character irritating. But when he was…

Review: Romance is All in the Eyes of The Photograph

The Photograph is a good looking movie. By “good looking,” I don’t just mean “visually pleasing,” even though The Photograph is a gorgeous film. Director Stella Meghie moves her camera deliberately, giving time for the actors to simply enjoy the space they share together. This gentle pace allows cinematographer Mark Schwartzbard to luxuriate in the…

Review: The Gloriously Violent Uplift of Birds of Prey

Few titles set expectations for the movie that follows better than the full title of the new DCEU movie, Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). It’s an excessive title, one that puts the ridiculous made-up word “Fantabulous” next to the incredibly important word “Emancipation.” It’s a title that gestures at a…

Living Lutheran: “Valuing the Unvalued in the Movies of 2019”

Like most film snobs, I’m annoyed with this year’s Oscar picks. Not only did the Academy choose to nominate some mediocre (if not outright bad) work, but they ignored some of the most exciting films and performances in an outstanding cinematic year. Fortunately, Living Lutheran assuaged my irritation a little by letting me write about…