Mike Kanert's Reviews & Insights

Movies

Les Misérables

Les Misérables

The legendary musical fleshed out with literary detail, and marred by blessedly few changes.

Evangelion 2.0

Evangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance

Upgrades are everywhere, but Asuka gets the shaft.

Evangelion 3.0

Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo

The slate is wiped clean: The sub-heading may be an apology.

Ponyo

Gaké no Ué no Ponyo

My Neighbor Totoro meets The Little Mermaid, all in the hands of a child prodigy.


Books

The Divine Comedy

Dante's opus is actually both a political satire and the greatest love poem ever written.

Flowers for Algernon

Does intellect nullify our ability to form human bonds?

Day

Elie Wiesel's analysis of the isolation of human suffering.

Night

A novel that must be read and felt to gain admission to the human race.

A Man's Life is a Boy's Death

The only value in an adult is imparted by the remnant of the child.

Events

Thoughts on a Death

Christopher Dorner rampaged through southern California in February, 2013. But it's not as simple as dividing the good people from the bad.

Vancouver Riot-Watchers

When a thousand people stand by, they are no longer 'innocent'.

Oma

Whatever god my grandmother  prayed to, he delivered.

No Amount of Distance Can Change a Name

When the person after whom you were named dies, certain obligations cannot be denied.

Inside Job

Five hours stuck on a bus with smokers led to a slough of research into Japanese smoking habits.

Hollow

When I was 18, I aspired to draw a clear line around what could truly be called 'love'.