The Wild Bunch: Between Companionship and Despair

A man in a hat (Ernest Borgnine) stares down the barrel of his rifle in "The Wild Bunch."

|Rowan A. Smith| The Wild Bunch was a movie that for many years sat for me in a category most film-lovers are very familiar with: “I’ll get to it.” When I was a teenager, I watched a lot of the most beloved Westerns and didn’t find many I enjoyed. It wasn’t until I was in my late twenties… Continue reading

Violence in The Dirty Dozen and The Last of Us

A close-up as Donald Sutherland smiles at Lee Marvin, who has a grim expression, in the film The Dirty Dozen.

|Dylan Walker| While I’m not really a video game person, I’ve been intrigued by The Last of Us franchise thanks to a coworker who sings its praises, positive reviews of the HBO show, and a mild crush I’ve developed on Pedro Pascal. So, the other day, I decided to spend some time… Continue reading