Review: St. Elmo’s Fire (1985)

I read an article yesterday in Deadline by Carl Kurlander, the co-writer of the 1985 Joel Schumacher film St. Elmo’s Fire, in which Kurlander reflects on his time before, during and after the film's writing and production, and the affects it maybe had, good and bad, upon the culture of young, urban, professional America.  And I got super nostalgic. I was 9 when it came out.  The movie was a social phenomenon to my age group.  At least in my little part of the world...

The 10 Best Stand-Alone Episodes in All of Anime

Episodes make this list for being able to stand on their own, first and foremost.  Secondly, they need to be really, really good. Sometimes, almost inescapably, contextual holes pervade each one each time, and no one can fix that, no matter how flowery or nad-pumpingly ejaculatory the praise I or anyone else lauds upon them.  … Continue reading The 10 Best Stand-Alone Episodes in All of Anime

Review: Van Morrison’s Contractual Obligation Session, 1968

Coming into my first listening of Van Morrison’s vengeful, untitled studio bird-flip of 1968 (referred to, since its official release in 2017, as The Contractual Obligation Session), there was only one thing of which I was knowledgeable: Morrison wrote all thirty-one of these songs solely to get out of a contract with his record label at the time, Bang Records...