California Literary Review

Profile of Brett Harrison Davinger

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Articles written for the California Literary Review:

  • Revolution Recap: ‘Children of Men’ (Season 1, Episode 19)
    Posted on 28 May 2013 in Movies & TV, Television

    Thankfully, the show gives another reason why it would be dangerous to return power. Sure, we get the usual crap exchange of “we can’t do it because people will have guns and be dangerous” with the follow up of ”But hospitals!” But tonight, we learn that when the light is restored, there’s a chance that the world will catch on fire.

  • Revolution Recap: ‘Clue’ (Season 1, Episode 18)
    Posted on 21 May 2013 in Movies & TV, Television

    Season 1 has progressed in such a way that it’s like the show is trying to write itself out of the corner it painted itself in in the “Pilot.” If the series wants to completely reboot itself every year, I’d find that almost admirable.

  • The Office Recap: Finale (Season 9, Episode 23)
    Posted on 17 May 2013 in Movies & TV

    “Finale” is about bringing them all together for one last hurrah, and it works emotionally and comically. Unlike “Goodbye Michael,” which was really farewell Steve Carell, this episode says good-bye to Jim Halpert, not John Krasinski; Stanley Hudson, not Leslie David Baker; and Creed Bratton, not Creed Bratton.

  • Movie Review: Star Trek Into Darkness
    Posted on 16 May 2013 in Movies, Movies & TV

    By the end, Star Trek Into Darkness ends up feeling too much like a retread of the first feature without offering anything unique or different stylistically or intellectually. The characters are still likable, Abrams (and crew) knows that we like the characters, and Abrams (and crew) clearly likes the characters. Even Scotty’s little green friend returns. That pleasantness can and does cover up many flaws, even if certain moments dance dangerously close to cutesy and irritating.

  • Revolution Recap: ‘The Longest Day’ (Season 1, Episode 17)
    Posted on 14 May 2013 in Movies & TV, Television

    There are a lot of interesting concepts operating within Revolution‘s borders. Unfortunately, it rarely makes proper use out of any of them. As the season progresses, it’s hard to not be increasingly disappointed by the potential it has squandered in favor of frustrating redundancy.

  • Boldly Going…: A Look Back At The Original The Original Series Star Trek Movies
    Posted on 12 May 2013 in Movies, Movies & TV

    In preparation for Star Trek Into Darkness, I decided to take a look back at the original The Original Series movies, marathon-style. Of course, I have no way of proving that I went through the films in a straight shot, so you can either take my word for it, or not.

  • The Office Recap: ‘A.A.R.M’ (Season 9, Episode 22)
    Posted on 10 May 2013 in Movies & TV, Television

    “This” is being Assistant to the Regional Manager (Dwight Schrute) at a paper company that, even if it can survive the death of paper and Schrute leadership, does not have any room for advancement. That is not enough, nor should it be for anyone, let alone a young father.

  • Revolution Recap: ‘The Love Boat’ (Season 1, Episode 16)
    Posted on 07 May 2013 in Movies & TV, Television

    If there’s one thing Revolution has done wrong, and it’s done so, so many things wrong, it’s been the sidelining of Captain Tom Neville. Thankfully, “The Love Boat” at least attempts to remedy this problem by putting Neville close to the forefront as he joins Miles as a representative from the Georgia Federation.

  • The Office Recap: ‘Livin’ The Dream’ (Season 9, Episode 21)
    Posted on 03 May 2013 in Movies & TV, Television

    One of my favorite aspects of The Office (both incarnations) is that we are watching sad people. Not damaged in the way the gang from Community are/were, but normal and pathetic. Painfully average. When the show started obtaining some popularity around the second or third season, this aspect kind of floundered. But “Livin’ The Dream” brings it back and moves forward many long-running story lines.

  • Revolution Recap: ‘Home’ (Season 1, Episode 15)
    Posted on 30 Apr 2013 in Movies & TV, Television

    Since the start of this show, Aaron has always been the most problematic character. While Tracy Spiridakos is probably Revolution‘s worst actor (though she has been improving), Charlie serves an important function both within the story and as a trope of the genre. But after more than half the season, the show still hasn’t figured out Aaron’s place.

  • The Office Recap: ‘Paper Airplane’ (Season 9, Episode 20)
    Posted on 26 Apr 2013 in Movies & TV, Television

    Overall, “Paper Airplane” was one of those middle of the road episodes. Not particularly memorable, but not terrible. The humor is toned down so it’s not cartoony/goofy and has the feeling of classic era Office, but it lacks many comedic moments of note, though it has a decent share.

  • Revolution Recap: ‘The Night The Lights Went Out in Georgia’ (Season 1, Episode 14)
    Posted on 23 Apr 2013 in Movies & TV, Television

    There are two ways to view tonight’s episode of Revolution, both equally valid. One involves completely shutting off one’s brain to an extent that very few television shows or movies require you to do and enjoying the ride. The other involves taking it with a modicum of seriousness, which means going after ridiculous plotholes and developments.

  • Head to Head: A Haunted House v. Scary Movie V
    Posted on 22 Apr 2013 in Movies, Movies & TV

    Every year, similar seeming movies will be released shortly after one another. For the first installment of Head to Head, I will compare this year’s horror spoofs A Haunted House and Scary Movie V. There will be spoilers, but for these movies, I can’t imagine anyone caring.

  • Movie Review: Upstream Color
    Posted on 15 Apr 2013 in Movies, Movies & TV

    The problem with writing this review of Upstream Color is that I’ve only seen it once. This isn’t to say that the movie will make complete sense upon subsequent viewings, but it definitely requires multiple watches (plus access to Wikipedia, fan theories, and frame-by-frame analysis) in order to begin to appreciate what writer-director-actor-composer-fundraiser-distributor Shane Carruth accomplished with his second feature about the “subjective experience of life,” relationships, and several other intangibles.

  • The Office Recap: ‘Stairmaggedon’ (Season 9, Episode 19)
    Posted on 12 Apr 2013 in Movies & TV, Television

    How many episodes of The Office: An American Workplace did they release to the press? Assuming that each “night” corresponds with a “season,” Senator Lipton did not appear until Season 7 and he was not officially outed until Season 9. Does each episode focus on a different character instead? Also, the poor documentarians had one thing of public interest in all their footage, and the news had to go and spoil it.

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