Posts Tagged: James Wolcott

Man Likes Other Man

"The moral complexity of the Rampaging Dad saga—or at least the semblance of moral complexity—comes in the unfolding depiction of how even a righteous mission can warp, debase, and harden a decent man over time until he goes functionally berserk. In order to right a wrong and rescue a captive soul, the movie’s (anti-)hero may carve a trail of destruction whose human toll surpasses that of his adversaries, becoming the very monster he seeks to slay. This is amped up to insane, absurd excess in Taken, where, according to one online tally, Neeson’s Bryan knocks off about three dozen guys with neck snaps, gunshots, knife stabs, and, in one showy [...]


Book Reviewed

Everyone says it is much more difficult to write about something you enjoy than it is to trash something that is deserving of such treatment. Which is all the more reason to celebrate a positive review done so well that it transfers the critic's good feeling for the book to your sense of the book itself. Here's a good example.