FF8 – “The Fate Of The Furious” (CELLULOID SECESSIONIST)

In the 8th installment of what is surely the most implausibly preposterous and most wildly successful Hollywood franchise ever produced, the “Fast And The Furious” team (minus Paul Walker, R.I.P.) are back. For anyone who has missed the fun, I… Continue Reading

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