The Hero We Need, or The Hero Who Needs Us?

For better or worse, we live in a superhero culture. You can’t avoid it – the theaters are inundated with comic book movies of varying degrees of quality.

But there are very few superhero stories that have the depth and courage to comment on that culture, to ask what kind of heroes we need, what kind we want to be.

So it’s no small surprise to find that kind of vision coming from, of all places, The Tick. Continue reading

Out of Hiding

Previously in this whole medical odyssey, I was trying to reconcile my need to stay connected to the outside world with my frequent feeling like crap because of my illness and its attendant symptoms and side effects.

I really wasn’t doing a very good job of it. And I wonder if… no, I really don’t. I know I was using it all as an excuse to hide from everyone. I just don’t want people to see me at my worst. And even on the better days, I haven’t been anywhere near my best in a long, long time.

But sometimes you just have to keep going. Continue reading

Film Music Friday: Thank You, Jonathan Demme

There are so many things you could say about the life and career of Jonathan Demme.

You could say he was an eclectic filmmaker. You could say he loved people, onscreen and off, in all their messy glory. You could say he was restless. You could say he loved his character actors (and you have to love a guy who couldn't make a movie without trying to find a place in it for Charles Napier). And all of that is true. It's right up there onscreen.

For me, of course, the thing that marks Demme as one of the greats is the deep and abiding love he had for music. Continue reading

“Smile, Though Your Heart Is Aching”

We look to season premieres to set the tone for what’s to come. So, looking at the season premiere of Doctor Who, it seems (and I hope I’m right) that the relationship of Twelve and Bill will take precedence over the usual twists and turns we’ve come to expect from a series run by Steven Moffat.

That said, there’s still room for some plot. And “Smile” at least has an interesting one. Continue reading

“I Never Know Why, I Only Know Who”

It’s been a long while since we had Doctor Who every week, too long for most our tastes. And between the wait and all the changes announced – from Pearl Mackie’s arrival as the new companion to Peter Capaldi’s imminent departure from the role he made his own (don’t get me started) – there was the usual anticipation and uncertainty about what Series 10 would have in store for us.

Based on that first episode, it looks like we’re in for quite the journey… Continue reading