Hot Takes

Wandavision (Disney+): Can Vision & the Scarlet Witch Be Truly Human?

By Jacob Sahms Where do we start with Wandavision? Let’s begin with the basics: the new Disney+ shares the story of the android Vision (Paul Bettany) and the human Wanda Maximoff the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) as they arrive in the old school community of Westview as a newly-married couple. Initially shown in black and […]

Pieces of a Woman: Choosing the Way Forward

By Jacob Sahms In the first thirty minutes of Netflix’s Pieces of a Woman, a couple in Boston make preparations for the birth of their first child in their home, and lose that child. The rest of the film is the fallout and ripples of that moment, as people pursue their desire for answers. To […]

Gun and a Hotel Bible: Asking Hard Questions of the Word

By Jacob Sahms One night, a man named Pete (Bradley Gosnell) enters the hotel room where Gid (Daniel Floren), a Gideon Bible, exists, waiting for hotel guests to interact with him. But on this night, Pete has a gun and bad intentions, based on a dream relationship that has broken down, and Gid will face […]

Wonder Woman 1984: Denying Yourself for the Greater Good

By Jacob Sahms Wonder Woman 1984 isn’t what fanboys and fangirls were expecting, and the Internet is abuzz with whether or not the film was a justifiable use of Gal Gadot’s Diana Prince, Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor and the Mandalorian’s, I mean Pedro Pascal’s, Maxwell Lord, alongside Kristen Wiig’s Cheetah. At a run time of two […]

The Art of Political Murder: Another Prophet Ends Up Murdered

By Jacob Sahms On April 26, 1998, someone entered the garage attached to the parish house of San Sebastian Church where Bishop Juan Gerardi was appointed priest. Two days prior, Gerardi had published Guatemala: Nunca más, part of the Recovery of Historical Memory (REMHI) project that highlighted government suppression after the civil war in Guatemala. On that […]

News of the World: Tom Hanks Goes West

By Jacob Sahms Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd has seen the best and worst of the world as a leader in the Confederate Army, but he’s retired to a different occupation: reading the news to anyone who has ten cents to pay. When he arrives upon a young girl alone in the woods, he’s drawn into […]

Songbird: No Longer Science Fiction

By Jacob Sahms The year is 2024 and COVID-19 has mutated, leading to absolute, militaristic lockdown. Bike courier Nico (I Still Believe, Riverdale) rides around the city freely thanks to immunity to the disease, while his girlfriend Sara (Sofia Carson) waits expectantly for the day when they can vacation outside of the city. When Sara […]

Let Him Go: Kevin Costner Ex-Sheriff Re-Enters a Violent World, Fights Grief

By Jacob Sahms Kevin Costner has always looked comfortable in westerns. Whether it was the historic Dances with Wolves or the modernized Yellowstone series, his way seems content with the way of the cowboy. In director Thomas Bezucha’s adaptation of the Larry Watson novel of the same name, Let Him Go, Costner is a retired […]

The Mystery of D.B. Cooper: Airplane-Jumping Robin Hood?

By Jacob Sahms Emmy-nominated documentarian John Dower delivers a thrilling, thought-provoking film about the only unsolved airline hijacking in American history in The Mystery of D.B. Cooper. Interviewing several individuals who are certain that their friend or relative was Cooper, the film paints an interesting exploration of the crime committed by a mysterious man who was both […]

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Netflix) Highlights the Human Struggle

By Jacob Sahms “The Mother of Blues” Ma Rainey (1886-1939) sang blues professionally, beginning in 1923, with songs like “Moonshine Blues,” “See See Rider Blues,” and “Soon This Morning.” She also delivered the titular “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” song of Netflix’s adaptation of the August Wilson stage play, the final film of Chadwick Boseman’s illustrious, […]