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


“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