Psycho, in all its various iterations

I recently watched the A&E series Bates Motel, and was impressed by the acting of Vera Farmiga (Norma Bates) as well as Freddie Highmore (Norman Bates). The show did a good job of telling their story, which was intriguing and engaging. However, as with many of these TV dramas, they had to add in 78 …

Picard, Episode 2: Have these people even seen TNG?

I'd love to ask the writers of this show what their favorite part about The Next Generation was. For me it was the show's optimism, and the sense of unity between the characters. Never, that I remember, was interpersonal conflict a focus of the plot on The Next Generation. Everyone treated each other with kindness …

Hill House vs Hill House

The 1959 Shirley Jackson Gothic horror novel, The Haunting of Hill House, has spawned two  Hollywood movies, a radio adaption, numerous parodies and copycats, and has influenced novelists and film writers for decades. Most recently, it’s been made into a TV series by Netflix which, after I heard from so many people how great it …

Sharp Objects blunted by twist ending

This post contains spoilers. If you haven't seen HBO's Sharp Objects, you're in for a treat, go watch it. Then come back and read.   Sharp Objects is a show you have to pay attention to. It's smart, and subtle, and you can miss entire plot points if you look away for even a few …

Cultural evolution produces hot garbage

Evolution is not a ladder. Even the tree metaphor is flawed because it gives the faulty impression of 'progress' upward. Evolution is only change in whatever direction leads to the most reproduction. Cultural evolution is the idea that our ideas and way of life evolves generation to generation much the way an organism does, based …