The Necessity of Gray in Batman: The Animated Series

Much is made of the style of Batman: The Animated Series. A mixture of film noir and art deco that the producers called “dark deco,” the visuals and cinematic grammar of the 90s WB series are simultaneously classic and innovative. To achieve this look, the animators would begin with black paper instead of white, so … Continue reading The Necessity of Gray in Batman: The Animated Series

Emperor

“Not the knife, boy, I want to look presentable at the funeral.” “What then? What do I use if not the knife?” “You’re going to use your hands. You need to feel this in your flesh, in your bones. You must feel it when you take a life.” “I don’t want to take a life.” … Continue reading Emperor

It’s War: Thoughts on Killing Nazis from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

When I first watched Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, I didn’t understand the full connotation behind the term “Nazi collaborator.” To be fair, I was eight. At that age, I wasn’t in the habit of looking too closely at the morality of the movies I watched. I understood that the bad guys lost because … Continue reading It’s War: Thoughts on Killing Nazis from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

A Conversation, A Climax: The Clashing Worlds of Moonlight

Some spoilers. Tarell Alvin McCraney, a successful playwright known for his Brother/Sister trilogy of plays, wrote In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue in drama school. It was not published or produced, and there are no copies available to the public. People who have read it describe it as an emotional work that relies on sensory … Continue reading A Conversation, A Climax: The Clashing Worlds of Moonlight

Exhibit 34b

Address to the Board of Naval Research Dr. [Name Withheld.] Recovered From the Transcription by Mrs. [Name withheld.] [Undated.]      Investigator’s Note: This is the last of the documents salvaged from the Institute. By the time we had made it to the stenographer’s office, she had had advance warning and was attempting to burn all … Continue reading Exhibit 34b