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April 28, 2017

Otto West’s Guide to Succeeding At Ugly Americanism

It’s never been a better time to foster everyone else’s appreciation of your American roots while traveling abroad! America’s been featured prominently in the news lately, so you’ll want to capitalize on the heightened interest in all things American. One of the most exceptional cinematic examples of American awesomeness is Kevin Kline’s portrayal of Otto West in A Fish Called Wanda.
December 19, 2016

Vikings, and The Clash Between Clan and Cause

Wee bit obsessed with Vikings over here. (No, it’s not simply about the high hubba hubba factor, although that was a good guess…..) Prior to the Season 4 premiere, I was pondering why it feels so damn relevant. Given the current and horrendous political climate, following your heart over knee-jerk bloodline loyalty might feel awfully relevant to so many families and friends who’ve been ideologically pulled apart in these divisive times.
December 19, 2016

Lessons From The Godfather Of Gonzo Journalism

My latest piece on Tribeca Shortlist Outtake was inspired by the brilliant documentary Gonzo: The Life And Work Of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, directed by Alex Gibney.  Thompson was and remains a hero of mine. Authentic swagger (which he seemed to have had in spades) is irresistible – and it’s not to be confused with insecure arrogance or empty boasting.  
October 28, 2016

From Childhood to Monsterhood in “Let The Right One In” and “The Witch”

VERY honored to be contributing to the Outtake blog over at Tribeca Shortlist.  Here’s my first piece:   Comedian Eddie Izzard has a brilliant monologue that poses the question, “Cake or death?”—a joke that hinges on how some choices are pretty obvious, or at least, a lot easier to swallow than their alternatives.
October 22, 2016

The Binge-Watcher’s Guide to Witches, Witchcraft & Wizardry

Here’s my feature story delving into how witches have been portrayed in TV and films, examining those portrayals via the triple goddess Maiden-Mother-Crone archetype: Through fictional witches, we explore society’s fears of how the disenfranchised, the fringe dwellers and the nonconformists might wield power, and — taken to the extreme — how they might enact revenge for their marginalization.
October 22, 2016

Supernatural’s Twelve Year Crisis of Faith

Here’s my exploration of Supernatural’s recurring theme of faith and redemption. The existential home to which “Supernatural” finds its way back, again and again, is how to endure and survive the bump in the road, the very bad day, the crisis of faith.
October 4, 2016

Because Sometimes An Unhealthy Obsession With TV Is Rewarded……

I’m very privileged to have secured a new side gig writing op-ed pieces for Tribune Media via ScreenerTV.  Please check out my first two pieces if you have a moment.   The first is a bit of a love letter to the show Lucifer, albeit within a larger exploration of the “guilty pleasure” phenomenon as it applies to our TV viewing choices (when it shouldn’t):   http://zap2it.com/2016/09/lucifer-fox-myth-of-guilty-pleasure/ The second piece explores the rise of the “trainwreck heroine” in TV and film, inspired by Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s masterfully wrought show, Fleabag: http://zap2it.com/2016/09/jessica-jones-fleabag-homeland-trainwreck-heroine/ Will post future articles here as they are published.