LegionFX: A Love Letter to Dali, Tom Petty, and the Good Fight

If you’ve ever wondered what a live-action version of Salvador Dali’s paintings and photos put together would be like, then seasons 2 and now 3 of Noah Hawley’s Legion on FX will scratch that itch. After two seasons of stretching and twisting the guts out of realism and linear story-telling (season two was particularly mind-melding), Noah Hawley has now completely let his inner Dali loose, … Continue reading LegionFX: A Love Letter to Dali, Tom Petty, and the Good Fight

Mad Sweeney: The Hero We Need

Of Gods, Angels, and Humans: The Neil Gaiman Turn in Peak Television, part 1 (Spoiler Alert! For those who have not read the novel, American Gods, this post contains possible spoilers for the show) Old gods, scattered across this vast country, live among us. You might know them as your neighborhood’s Nubian undertakers, the elderly Eastern European family in the apartment next door, the South … Continue reading Mad Sweeney: The Hero We Need

Christmas as a Site of Childhood Trauma Then and Now: Home Alone, Happy!, and Nos4a2

An instant classic, Home Alone is a Christmas family movie that was produced and released at a time of prosperity and relative social stability. It is about well-to-do parents (gorgeous house, big family, nice neighborhood, holiday vacation to Paris) who forget their youngest child, Kevin (Macaulay Culkin), at home as they head out for the family vacation. The movie ends up being a lighthearted, hi-jinks … Continue reading Christmas as a Site of Childhood Trauma Then and Now: Home Alone, Happy!, and Nos4a2