Twenty: The Firm, Hooliganism, and Masculinity Gone Awry

It’s bad for society, and y'know, it’s really bad for men.

Nineteen: The Scarlet Letter, Alcoholism, and “Being True”

The movie was hammered with bad reviews at the time. "Yeah," concedes Gary, "but there's some good work in there."

Eighteen: The Book of Eli, Westerns, and the Politics of Faith

As gunslingers and sinners, they each need redemption, but they suck at going about it-- one moreso than the other, maybe, but they're both in trouble. And no, I'm not talking about the 2020 election (okay, I am, kind of).

Ten: The Contender, Politics, and The Matter of Character

In a movie that fully rejects non-partisan storytelling, how should we handle the championing of one party's viewpoint and the vilification of another's?

Nine: Air Force One, The American Dream President, and Nostalgic Patriotism

The POTUS is kind of an arrogant gambler of American lives, but Gary is scary!

Seven: The Backwoods, Depression, and Carrying Your Own Shotgun

An eerie discrepancy begins to eek into your head. Who the heck is this whiny Paddy Considine guy? Why does HE get to carry the shotgun out of the woods? It was supposed to be me!

Six: Lost in Space, villainous career advice, and life lessons from Vincent Price

You know who IS trying here, though? Gary Oldman. Gary Oldman is trying.

Three: Track 29, The Love Ladder, and the Unexpected Value of Ugliness

Something about this relationship made me think about Plato's The Symposium. Stay with me, here