Titus Techera
Titus Techera
Titus Techera is a graduate student in political science and liberal arts, a Publius fellow, and a roving writer for Ricochet and National Review Online.
Netflix’s ‘Altered Carbon’ Squanders Its Potential To Examine Key Questions

The show, made after a series by British author Richard Morgan, is an indictment of a future where the wealthy are immortal through buying themselves new bodies.

’12 Strong’ Is A Fascinating Look At What Makes American War-Fighting Unique

Here we have a bunch of cowboys conducting ancient-style warfare with the help of space technology.

Cranberries Singer Dolores O’Riordan Dies At Age 46

It is a serendipitous fact that O’Riordan is named Dolores, which means pain, because she put art into making suffering humane.

The 3 Best Movies Of 2017

These are the best movies out of Hollywood this year. They are not happy stories, but they all testify to the importance of nobility in times when humanity seems in danger.

Why You Will Enjoy Watching This 1945 Christmas Comedy

‘Christmas in Connecticut’ has not just fun and beauty to recommend it, but also a great range and serious insights into American society.

Why Americans Are In Love With ‘The Crown’

Why should America, by vocation and war a republic, love a show about the British monarchy? It is not merely the great success of the show, but the alternative, too, that we should consider.

In ‘Coco,’ Hollywood Says Family Identity Is Better Than Celebrity

The central conflict opposes loyalty in love to a dangerous individualism. Who would have thought that Hollywood would take on celebrity culture?

‘Jim And Andy’ Underscores The Almost Forgotten Life And Times Of Jim Carrey

Comedy is not what it was, and neither is Jim Carrey, but he has emerged as the bane of Hollywood pretension and American celebrity worship.

Netflix’s ‘Punisher’ Uses A Blue-Collar Hero To Heap Scorn On America

Netflix can be happy that after duds like ‘Iron Fist’ and ‘The Defenders’ they’ve returned to something gritty that works without ridiculous fairy tales.

Mike Judge’s ‘Tales From The Tour Bus’ Ruminates On America’s Fascination With Celebrity

‘Tales from the Tour Bus’ is an animated series Mike Judge has produced for Cinemax, about the stars of country music from the ‘50s onward.

‘American Made’ Is A Disconnected Rumination On The American Character

If you see the movie, you’ll see there is something amazing about how it helps a man grow up to learn he cannot get away with everything forever.

Spielberg’s ‘Close Encounters’ Is A Masterpiece, But Incomplete

‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’ is when Spielberg switched from his early career, which was heavy on horror and terror, to the genial magician America has come to know and love.

In Storytelling, ‘The Defenders’ Is Prestige Television At Its Worst

The new Netflix-Marvel series asks interesting questions about human dignity, but falls into individualism and identity politics instead of answering them.

‘The Defenders’ Substitutes Politics For Storytelling, And The Result Is Boring

This is the level of writing in prestige television in its golden age: preemptive declarations of liberal grievances instead of a real plot.

‘Comrade Detective’ Is A Double Agent For A Pro-America Perspective

The main characters in ‘Comrade Detective’ play enforcers for a totalitarian tyranny, but you cannot distinguish their lines from those of latter-day irate progressives.

‘Game Of Thrones’ Is The Ugliest Show On Television. That’s Why We Love It

In our post-therapeutic culture, we’ve become obsessed with evil, decay, and corruption. That’s why we love ‘Game of Thrones.’

Marvel’s New ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Portrays The Ideal American Millennial

This new ‘Spider-Man’ has none of the sweetness of the old comics or movies, none of the suffering—but all the gadgets and heroism audiences want.

For Summer Flicks, You Can’t Beat The 1953 POW Comedy ‘Stalag 17’

‘Stalag 17’ is a weird name and a weird movie. You’re in for a great surprise: an Oscar-winning all-American movie utterly without imitation.

‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ Is Mediocre, And That’s What Makes It Great

Because of their strong, simple moral themes, critics refuse to respect the honest work and ingenuity put into the ‘Transformers’ series.

‘The Mummy’ Reminds Us To Step Back From The Abyss

Tom Cruise’s summer blockbuster offers horror, romance, and an all-American hero—but it also has a strong message regarding the death cult of individualism.