The Relationships That Define Tragic Cinema

I’m a big fan of soul-crushing cinema. It makes me think. It shocks me out of complacency. It goes places where no sane filmmaker - concerned with target demographics and box office returns – would ever go. As a result, depressing films are usually the creations of indie and auteur directors. As I was watching … Continue reading The Relationships That Define Tragic Cinema

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Conan, Elric, and the Honorable Cynic

If you’re a real fantasy fan you’ve heard of Conan and Elric. It’s that simple. The Cimmerian barbarian and the Melnibonean prince have dominated the imaginations of sword-and-sorcery fans (and heavy metal album covers) for decades. But why? What is it about these two warriors that made them poster-boys for an entire genre? Well, I’m … Continue reading Conan, Elric, and the Honorable Cynic