70 Years with Big G — Part Four: Apocalypse and Hope in the Reiwa Era

Godzilla is a towering figure in modern mythopoeia, embodying the apocalypse of divine retribution and judgment.

70 Years with Big G — Part Three: Renewal and Reflection in the Millennium Era

The Millennium Era set a precedent for risk-taking through its innovative anthology format in an effort to reestablish Godzilla’s identity.

70 Years with Big G — Part Two: Judgment and Consequences in the Heisei Era

The Heisei Era films reflect a society aware of the complex relationship between human innovation and its unintended side effects.

70 Years with Big G — Part One: Sin and Salvation in the Showa Era

From a terrifying symbol of nuclear destruction to a beloved defender of Earth, Godzilla has captured the imaginations of diverse audiences.

A Monstrous Return: The Unexpected Success of Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire

Simple tales of heroism, where good and evil are clearly demarcated, and where heroes overcome the odds, have an enduring appeal.

The Parable of the Three Princes: A Review of Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown

The Lost Crown does not simply tell a story about defeating a villain; it tells a story about saving a soul.

Stronger Than the Ropes: Family, Fellowship, and Local Professional Wrestling

The independent wrestling circuit begins with genuine connection and a familial bond with fans: the spectacle comes secondarily.

How Kenneth Branagh’s Hercule Poirot Becomes a Christ-Haunted Genius

Branagh’s Poirot is not just a detective solving crimes but a pilgrim navigating the labyrinth of the soul’s darker questions.

The Wrestling of Gods and Monsters: Myth and Morality in Lucha Underground

Lucha Underground is less about sweat, muscles, and tights than about mythic storytelling—archetypal tales of heroes and villains, loss and redemption.

All This Excitement: A Series Retrospective of Dirty Harry

Harry’s rough-around-the-edges compassion emerges over the course of these films: sometimes, to protect the sheep, the shepherd must get down and dirty with the wolves.

Emotional Complexity and Henry Bromell’s Panic

With the increasing prevalence of depression and concern for mental health nationwide, Panic is primed for rediscovery.

Tragedy and Triumph in Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi

Dooku’s story reminds us that seemingly innocuous moral compromises can lead to an unfortunate and tragic end.

Of Monsters and Men: Classic Horror DNA in Marvel’s Werewolf by Night

In the age of the “gritty” anti-hero, rare is the genre story that begins with the assumption that evil is real and must be dealt with.

Predator Turns 35: A Look Back at Sci-Fi’s Most Subversive Creature Feature

The franchise offers a strange meditation on modern conceptions of masculinity, and how those have evolved in the past thirty-five years.

Finding Treasure in a Broken Land: America’s Best Songwriter, Thirty Years On

An antidote to both hopeless secularism and blind, unreflective faith, Mark Heard’s songs grab listeners by the lapels and shake them awake.

Liturgy of the Tomb Raider

I can’t think of a single other video game with the moxie to demand that players learn the stations of the cross to raid a tomb.