English major who never left college. Lover of Victorian novels, Ravenclaw, and Rivendell. Teaching applications at Hogwarts and Starfleet Academy still pending. Find me on Instagram @coffeenerd.writer and Twitter @bryanafern
Defending Wonder Woman 1984’s Ambition
It’s hard to imagine how an almost 3-hour film could leave us questioning so many plot holes. But if it’s a superhero movie, it’s almost like it’s part of the packaged deal now. Just think Avengers: Endgame. I am a huge Wonder Woman fan and I spent well over a year in anticipation of WW84. And while I am satisfied and still as in love with Diana as I ever was, this one was a stretch. But it made it--with some great moments. (Riding the lightning with the lasso was one of my top favorite things.)
Why #drjillbiden Means so Much
More than a few academics and non-academics alike have taken issue with the latest Epstein article from The Wall Street Journal in which he stated his opinion that upcoming First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden, remove her doctoral title from her name on the basis that it "feels fraudulent, even comic," as he proclaimed in the article's subtitle. What follows in his article is an opinion so misguided and infuriating that it is what rather feels comic.
Happy Birthday, Viggo Mortensen!
It’s hard to believe that Viggo Mortensen is 62 years old now, celebrating his birthday on October 20. Best known in his role of Aragorn in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, Viggo is loved by fans for his contribution to Tolkien’s Strider-turned-King-Elessar: a role he almost turned down if not for his son, Henry, who convinced him of the character’s importance. In the years after Aragorn, though, Viggo has not been idle, and there is far more to him than the average viewer may know.
Happy Birthday, Freddie!
Who could have known that on September 5, 1946 in Zanzibar (now Tanzania), a legend would be born? Mercury, or at that time, Farrokh Bulsara, born to Parsi-Indian parents Bomi and Jer Bulsara, would have said he always knew. He became known for his confidence and showmanship that was rivaled by no other, and he always felt that he had that something extra.
The Impact of a King
It seems all year we have been saying how it can't get any worse. Every day, there are new memes appearing about 2020 and its nightmares. Go home, 2020. You're drunk. Well, now 2020 got behind the wheel of a car while drunk. Everyone across social media and news outlets is expressing shock and heartbreak over Chadwick Boseman's death on August 28. The day the Black Panther died.
More Credit for 'Capone'
Streaming this month on Amazon Prime was Capone, a film that critics hacked into like one of the renowned gangster lord’s cigar cutters. And while I can certainly agree that there was a lot more the film could have shown (I remember finishing it the first time thinking, “That could have been a lot better”), the reason that what it accomplished has gone largely unappreciated is because it wasn’t what people expected from a film named after Scarface himself. It was not an action film, but a dark, psychological drama about the horrors of physical and mental degradation.
Steady earthen swirls of amber you find everywhere in the rocks, in clouds lifting and spiraling to celestial plains. In the design of your thumbprint. In the design of your thumbprint used to finger paint. In the design of your thumbprint used to finger paint the way your therapist showed you. In the design... In the...
tuning by ear
The first guitar I learned to play in childhood an old blonde Yamaha, cheap and chipped that my brother said he sold for drug money