Film & Music

The End of History in “Avengers: Endgame”

April 26, 2019 Titus Techera 4

Leading up to Avengers: Endgame, Marvel movies were fairly bad at characterization. A few villains were sophisticated characters you could understand—above all Thanos, who is tragic—but not so the beloved heroes. This tendency to create […]

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In Memoriam: Albert Finney

February 14, 2019 Titus Techera 11

Albert Finney has died. He was one of the last great mid-century character actors, nominated for five Oscars—he was wonderful almost every time he appeared on screen and he had the good luck of becoming […]

The Dispatch

Mary Poppins is stuck in fantasy-land

January 4, 2019 Titus Techera 6

Mary Poppins was once a character in a children’s series written by P.L. Travers, starting in 1934. Then, in 1964, she became the protagonist of the most successful Disney movie up to that point. Disney’s […]