Baz Luhrmann’s Gilded Dreams — “The Great Gatsby” Review

The Great Gatsby unfolds upon the screen like a cross between two of Baz Luhrmann’s earlier films -- the sparkly romance of Romeo + Juliet met with the hypnotic bacchanalia of Moulin Rouge. In typical Lurhmann tradition, the stories contain familiar themes: tragic lovers, missed connections, and societal and/or economic obstacles that prevent such love … Continue reading Baz Luhrmann’s Gilded Dreams — “The Great Gatsby” Review

Intelligent Design: Biopunk and the Utopian Body

Whenever I’m asked about my chosen genre, I tend to say drama and “occasionally” science fiction. But I realize, I find myself only grudgingly admitting to writing sci-fi only because my true genre is speculative fiction. Speculative fiction (another SF, as a friend an I have often discussed) tends toward the scientific side simply because … Continue reading Intelligent Design: Biopunk and the Utopian Body

No Time Like the Present: Memory and Self in Christopher Nolan’s “Memento”

Apologies for the long hiatus without warning. Thesis Crunch. Let's get back to the movies. I embarrassed myself yesterday in an event that will not be recounted here, but for a while I could not stop thinking about it. Even an hour after the fact I was chiding myself for what happened until I finally … Continue reading No Time Like the Present: Memory and Self in Christopher Nolan’s “Memento”