Review: The Hitch-Hiker (1953) and the Dark Underside of the Postwar Road

There was a prolonged moment after World War II when the road symbolized for Americans ultimate freedom. These were the years of interstate highways, land yachts, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs, teenage hot rodders, drive-in movies and drive-up restaurants. Empowered by all things automotive, the story goes, Americans were footloose and wild. As a result… Continue reading Review: The Hitch-Hiker (1953) and the Dark Underside of the Postwar Road

Food and Place: Lucilla and The Grey

The difference between good food and great food has a lot to do with its relationship with place.  Tonight we ate at Lucilla here in Tallahassee, and it was really good. I had the vegetable pot pie--a flavorful concoction of corn, squash, asparagus, tomatoes, field peas, shiitake, and scallions in a roasted shallot tomato velouté… Continue reading Food and Place: Lucilla and The Grey

Video Game Spaces: Halo

“When we gazed upon all this splendour at once, we scarcely knew what to think, and we doubted whether all that we beheld was real.”  Bernal Diaz del Castillo, The Conquest of Mexico and New Spain You land on a strange “installation” and there are a few moments of silence for you to take in… Continue reading Video Game Spaces: Halo

Stuber and the Guns

It is a statistical inevitability that someone, in a few months time when it comes out on streaming and DVD, will sit on their couch and knit a cute little hat while they watch Kumail Nanjiani’s new buddy-slash-cop-slash-odd couple comedy blockbuster Stuber. And you know what? That’ll be OK. They’ll have a great time, because… Continue reading Stuber and the Guns