Kong: Confronting The Gorilla In The Room (CELLULOID SECESSIONIST)

It is tempting to dismiss “Kong: Skull Island” as nothing more than hairy action-adventure mind candy for the movie-going masses. All criteria are in play. Mysterious cloud-enshrouded island? Check. Giant CGI-inspired gorilla? Double check. Inevitable helicopter/monkey confrontation? Roger that. Guns,… Continue Reading

Logan: A Superhero Story For Our Time (CELLULOID SECESSIONIST)

“There’s no living with a killing. There’s no going back from one. Right or wrong, it’s a brand. A brand sticks. There’s no going back.” – Shane “Logan,” the ninth and last installment for “X Men” actor Hugh Jackman’s iconic “Wolverine”… Continue Reading

“Cognitive Dissonance’stan” – Vermont Photographer David Garten on the New Cuba

Q. In your new exhibit, David, you refer to Cuba as a country that also could be referred to as “Cognitive Dissonance’stan.” Unpack this for us – what do you mean, exactly? A.  I love to unpack. It’s so much… Continue Reading

Rogue One: Rebel ReBoots in a Time of Empire (FILM REVIEW)

I know what you are thinking. Does the world need another Star Wars film? Of course. Let me explain. First – it’s holiday time, and raining (after early snow falls elevated excitement) in the once and future Vermont republic. “Rogue… Continue Reading

V FOR VENDETTA – “Ignite, Or Be Gone.” (HAPPY GUY FAWKES DAY)

“People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their People.” – V Publisher’s Note: On the eve of the historic 2016 U.S. imperial presidential (s)election, we would do well to remember that “ideas are bulletproof,” and… Continue Reading

Jack Reacher – Never Go Back: One Soldier Secedes From The US of Empire

Director Edward (“Glory”) Zwick has done the near impossible, delivering a Jack Reacher sequel – “Never Go Back” – that is better than the original film. Based on novelist Lee Childs’ best-selling novels, the Jack Reacher movies feature a well-cast… Continue Reading