Human Echoes Rundown: Star Trek Beyond

When Star Trek Beyond was announced with Justin Lin in the director’s chair, the fandom immediately voiced their concerns that the new film would be nothing more than Fast and Furious In Space. Star Trek fandom has been a tricky piece of the nerd culture puzzle for decades, and even more so with the emergence of…

Human Echoes Rundown: The Crow (1994)

There are films that exist outside of any notion of time or culture. They can be appreciated equally by anyone in in any era. But then there are other films, stories that resonate differently in their time, products of a unique confluence of cultural influence. They speak to people from a particular time and place…

Human Echoes Rundown: Diabolique

[Albert had writer’s block for this review so he asked his friend Rex Hawthorne to write it up for him. Enjoy.] Diabolique is a story about two women who team up to defeat the most evil guy in the universe. Seriously, this guy is worse than Darth Vader because he’s basically banging Nicole right in front…

The Hateful Eight: Tarantino Stripped Bare

The Hateful Eight does not seem likely to end up as anyone’s favorite Quentin Tarantino film, but it may be his most important. Tarantino has been exploring the landscape of revenge for four films now. In Kill Bill Volumes 1 and 2 he brought all manner of stylized violence to the screen culminating in the killing of a…

Human Echoes Rundown: Silent Night, Deadly Night

In his book Poetic Diction, Owen Barfield posits that there is a moment in the evolution of every language where conditions are perfect for a masterpiece to be born. It’s a moment when a majority of the speakers of the language fully understand how it works, but the “rules” have not yet been chiseled into…