Split: Slick and Taut

Split continues the fascinating trend charting M. Night Shyamalan’s transition from self-important, bloviating high-budget filmmaker to self-important, bloviating low-budget filmmaker. Yes, I mean that as a compliment. In a career that has spanned nearly two decades, M. Night himself has never really changed – he’s the smartest guy in the room, a writer “whose ideas will save the world” (you haven’t forgotten Lady in the Water, have you?). What’s skyrocketed to the moon and back is studio confidence in his ability to deliver, and the resulting budgets with which they entrust him. I suppose we can trace the breaking point back to After Earth, though I’m not sure how anyone forgave The Last Airbender, and we can all agree that The Happening is demonstrably the most laughably awful piece of otherworldly garbage in any medium ever created for all of time, can’t we?


TV Recap: Brooklyn Nine-Nine: 9 Days (3.12)

While in the middle of solving a high-profile mafia-related case, Holt and Jake contract a case of the mumps and decide to be quarantined together. They think they’ll have the energy to find Joey Girabaldi while the illness runs its course but must ultimately battle a concerned Amy and the rigors of high fevers and huge goiters to get results. Incoherent and lost In their own illness-ridden minds, time seems to be running out…


Silence: A Thematically Rich and Rewarding Exploration of Religious Faith

There’s a moment in Silence, Martin Scorsese’s (Kundun, The Last Temptation of Christ) decades-in-the-making adaptation of Shūsaku Endō’s prize-winning1966 novel, when the central character, Father Sebastião Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield), a Jesuit priest on a spiritual and physical journey in 17th Japan, gazes into a stream, finding…