The End (For Now) Of Long After Dark

I started The Flat Circle/Long After Dark as a way to grow as a writer and find my place. I have enjoyed working on the craft and building connections for three years, but the primary purpose of this site has now come to end. Those newfound relationships have led to opportunities that make it tough... Continue Reading →

Widows (2018): A Movie Made For TV

The second month of my quest to watch 100 movies in 2020 brought me to a movie with untapped depth: Steve McQueen's Widows. The 2018 film incorporates themes of urban poverty, independence, and political corruption into the story of a heist executed by reluctant participants. The ensemble film stars Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriguez, Liam... Continue Reading →

Re-Ranking The Films Of 2019

By the end of 2019, I watched 22 films that comprised a year of instant classics and movies that were a bit of a social media lightning rod. There were a few holes in my indulgence of the year in cinema. After a little catch-up in January, here are the 28 2019 movies I have... Continue Reading →

2020 Oscar Odds: Predicting The 92nd Academy Awards

The nominations for the 2020 Academy Awards are in. The most prestigious awards ceremony in cinema is primed to celebrate a year of instant classics. A-listers like Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Brad Pitt, and Tom Hanks are up for awards alongside Oscar newcomers like Cynthia Erivo, Florence Pugh, and Bong Joon Ho. Without further ado, here are my predictions for every Oscar category this year:

Meryl Streep Salvages Season Two Of Big Little Lies

The first season of Big Little Lies was a tough, yet addictive watch. The complex lives of five women in Monterrey, California exemplified great drama. Based on the novel by Liane Moriarty, the HBO series featured a strong cast headlined by Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, and Zoe Kravitz. To create a second season, Moriarty had to scrape together a new story beyond her book. The end result was a product that fell short of the first iteration with one exception: newcomer Meryl Streep.

Deadwood: The Movie Gives Fans Closure

After a 13-year hiatus, Deadwood returned to HBO in the form of a film. The third season ended with some closure in 2006, but the lack of a series finale loomed over an otherwise-fantastic show's legacy. One of the best written shows to grace television brought back the vast majority of actors from the original series for a last hurrah. Finally, Deadwood: The Movie is a bittersweet conclusion to David Milch's Western. 

Game of Thrones Finale Reaction & Recap

The Game of Thrones finale. Who would die? Who would survive? Who would sit on the Iron Throne? Before the Unburnt set King's Landing ablaze last week, this night was building up to be one of the most anticipated episodes in television history. After last week's episode, there was anger towards the writers and a stunning sense of apathy about the finale. The buildup was anti-climatic. The finale was similarly unsatisfying. 

Why I Will Miss Game of Thrones

The last episode of Game of Thrones airs tonight. It will mark the end of one of the most buzzworthy television shows ever. There have been so many incredible moments. Ned Stark losing his head, the Red Wedding, Hardhome, et al. Despite a lackluster final season, television will never be the same when it ends and I will miss Game of Thrones.

“The Bells” – Game of Thrones Season Eight, Episode Five Reaction

The last season of Game of Thrones has been uneven. Two well-written episodes led off Season Eight. Both set the table for the dramatic, yet murky Battle of Winterfell. The season's swing episode was a disaster. The showrunners crammed nonsensical storylines together to set up the Battle of King's Landing. The legacy of Game of Thrones would be defined by how creators David Benioff and David Weiss rebounded in Episode Five, "The Bells." Unfortunately, the episode was a letdown that failed to tie eight seasons of stories together.

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