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Things You Like that I Don’t, Volume 2

Do you remember how I said I like to maintain a fine sense of balance in my life, a tightrope dynamic between sardonic, black cynicism and romantic, laid back, go-with-the-flow optimism? Well, in case you forgot my emotional bipolarity, here’s another dose of the former that hearkens back to the dark, sacred (… not that … Continue reading

I am So Excited for the Good (and Bad and Weird) Things to Come

My day job has little to nothing to do with filmmaking, the arts, or blogging, and I like it that way. Aside from several filmmaking electives I took during my bachelors, which resulted in a film minor, my enthusiasm for cinema in particular and the fine arts in general is a personal, largely self-cultivated one. … Continue reading

In Praise of Writing

I spend much time on this blog singing the praises of visual storytelling, often at the expense of literary storytelling or the medium of literature in general. The great irony of those blunt, snarky remarks is that most blogging, including Express Elevator to Hell, is writing-dominated; most people I know think of blogging as a … Continue reading

Things You Like that I Don’t

This site has changed a great deal since I started it about six years ago. As I’ve acknowledged several times this past year alone, I was a much different, much angrier young man with a myriad of amusing, almost classical adolescent grievances, all of which culminated in more vitriolic rants than I knew what to … Continue reading

What Have We Learned? A Psychoanalytic Blog-Retrospective

For those who don’t know, this blog was conceived during a period of great stress and unhappiness in my life, a period from which I have thankfully escaped since Express Elevator to Hell’s “debut” in January, 2013. I have touched on these circumstances in blog posts and pages here and there, some of which remain … Continue reading

The Great American Stereotypes

Given how my occasional tangents into politics are often dark and brooding, I’m going to discuss something more positive and upbeat today, all while still taking underhanded jabs at people I don’t know and offending most viewers. I like to find the middle-ground in my writing. Then again, today’s topic isn’t so much “political” as … Continue reading

Fuck You, It’s January! (2017)

Happy New Year, folks. It’s that magical time of year, once again, where Hollywood studios release films too HOT for the previous holiday season! Let us all give thanks for Kate Beckinsale and Milla Jovovich still being employed. From the good folks at Red Letter Media… …. FUCK YOU, IT’S JANUARY.  — TRB

America’s Reckoning: The Rise of Nativist Populism

My review of Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2007 magnum opus, There Will Be Blood, interpreted that film’s thematic premise as the conquering of American social, religious conservatism by American fiscal conservatism and the American financial elite. At the risk of spoiling a fantastic film, Daniel Day-Lewis’ protagonist, Daniel Plainview, a wealthy oil baron depicted as one … Continue reading

In Praise of Social Media

While I try to skew most of my posts toward film criticism or filmmaking analysis given that Express Elevator to Hell is first and foremost a movie-blog, today I’d like to do something a little different. Today, I present a positive, warmhearted appreciation for the abstract conglomeration and digital concept that is social media. I … Continue reading

‘The Onion’ predicts inevitable Gay Marriage Oscar-Bait…

http://www.theonion.com/article/scalia-thomas-roberts-alito-suddenly-realize-they–32972 The Onion nails it yet again. A brief excerpt: “Oh, God, the major social ramifications, the political intrigue, all the important people involved in the case—I’m going to be played by some sinister character actor in a drama with tons of award buzz, aren’t I?” said Scalia, joining his fellow dissenting justices in realizing … Continue reading