Author Archives: srogouski

route 22 by Bruce Longstreet

route 22 1. through the two inch-speaker of a japanese radio stashed under the pillow you lulled me to sleep and babbled all night making me think it was always night time on Route 22, dark and cheap on Route 22, only after midnight did the commercials come on WABC.   WABC is omni- present. […]

BlacKkKlansman (2018)

Film often requires a suspension of disbelief. Star Wars features a 7-foot-tall space wizard walking around in a black S&M outfit choking grown men to death with mental telepathy. When we watch The Exorcist, we need to ignore human anatomy, to accept the idea that a 12-year-old girl can spin her head around 360 degrees […]

Won’t You Be My Neighbor (2018)

If I asked any ten random people to describe what a revolutionary looks like, some people would probably say Lenin. Others would say Marx, Fidel Castro, Mao, Robespierre or George Washington. One or two might even say Jesus. I’m confident nobody would say “Fred McFeely Rogers,” the long running host of the eponymous PBS children’s […]

Leave No Trace (2018)

D.H. Lawrence’s observation that “the essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer,” that “it has never yet melted,” has always been obvious to everybody but Americans. Like all predators, we see ourselves, not as hunters, but as the hunted. In reality, we’ve always been both. For an Iraqi, a Vietnamese, or a […]

Sorry to Bother You (2018)

Boots Riley, a musician and communist activist, has gotten into film making at a late age, and it shows. Unlike the Cohen brothers, for example, who can say anything they want but haven’t quite figured out what they want to say, Riley knows exactly what he wants to say, but doesn’t quite have the cinematic […]

Choices

After the Thunderstorm

The Last Jedi (2017)

The Last Jedi is not so much a film as it is an act of cultural necrophilia. The Star Wars franchise was played out while I was still in high school. Return of the Jedi was not only a bad movie. It was essentially a reboot of A New Hope, which, back then, wasn’t even […]

The American Dream

The American Dream

Grocery Shopping on a Bike

Even I impress myself sometimes with the amount of groceries I can carry on my back.