Film Review: Eighth Grade

Eighth Grade

Eighth Grade written and directed by Bo Burnham (IAC Films, A24, R, 93 min) Starring Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, and Emily Robinson. Time to Worry When I was younger, my mom would stay up until I returned home from whatever teenage exploits in which I had decided to engage. Early. Late. She’d be sitting on the couch reading, watching television, waiting patiently. Stubbornly, I often didn’t consider this sacrifice. Instead, it always bothered me—that somehow I wasn’t to be trusted. But, she would always reinforce that this decision wasn’t really about me. She couldn’t sleep with me in absentia. She needed the peace of mind about my safety before she could retire. Now, with kids of my own, I get… Read More →

Film Review: Nightcrawler

Nightcrawler

Nightcrawler written and directed by Dan Gilroy (Bold Films, Open Road Productions, R, 117 min) Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Bill Paxton, Rene Russo, and Riz Ahmed. Moore’s Law Moore’s law represents a problem for narrative of any kind. This term denotes the trend where computer hardware doubles every two years. Moore’s Law explains the constant feeling that your technology is outdated, especially if it’s over two years old. While this phenomenon equates to profitable businesses—there is, after all, a consistent need for updated toys, Moore’s Law means that any story developed over two years ago faces potential problems if it attempts to set itself in present day. I would even venture a filmmaker would much rather shoot scenes based on eras… Read More →

Book Review: To Rise Again at a Decent Hour

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour: A Novel by Joshua Ferris (New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2014. 352 pp) Joshua Ferris is the author of two previos novels, Then We Came to the End and The Unnamed. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, and The Best American Short Stories. Ferris was chosen for The New Yorker’s “20 Under 40” list of fiction writers in 2010. He Lives in New York Modernity Examined The modern world offers an exorbitant amount of preposterousness when considered deeply. We’re an advanced culture that’s been able to push past the limitations of Babel, and yet we don’t want to go beyond “good morning” with our co-workers, people we… Read More →