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  • We Need to Talk About Kevin

    We Need to Talk About Kevin


    In interviews, Peter Greenaway has often talked about the tyranny of the image. He mentions how in a book you can read a line saying: “a man walked into the room,” which in your mind exists in a kind of gaseous, unformed state; even though you probably have a favored image of that situation playing out in your head, there’s still an endless amount of ways it can unfold. By contrast, cinema removes a lot of that mental ambiguity by…

  • Malcolm X

    Malcolm X


    The first adult literature I encountered as a child were books my two older siblings were assigned to read as classroom assignments. I would wander into their rooms and spy titles familiar to many American high school curriculums such as: "The Lord of the Flies," "To Kill a Mockingbird," "The Catcher in the Rye," "The Great Gatsby," and "The Autobiography of Malcolm X." All of these books were influential to me, but it was Malcolm’s in particular that impacted me…

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  • Love, Death & Robots: Automated Customer Service

    Love, Death & Robots: Automated Customer Service


    This was even better than the first season in almost every way. There’s half as many stories this time around, but there’s no glaring weak links—save for perhaps the last short, which was effective in a completely different way you'd expect (I go in more detail below). Like last time, I’ll just write a brief review on each of the shorts here, so as not to clutter up my feed.


    A strong entry right up front that…

  • Dark Shadows

    Dark Shadows


    I liked this, so sue me…. and get off my damn lawn while you’re at it! This was supposedly based on a cult TV show from the 60’s, but I don’t think it’s necessary to have seen it, as the comedy here revolves entirely around a fish out of water trope. Johnny Depp plays Barnabas Collins, a cursed vampire from the 18th century suddenly unearthed and thrust into the 1970’s. As such, the humor begins and ends with Depp reacting…

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  • Ran



    Signals in Noise. It’s a strange sensation when you encounter an acclaimed film and you can see exactly why it’s so good, but you’re simply not drawn into it. For me, the most conspicuous example is “Blade Runner.” I intellectually appreciated it, but was also emotionally disconnected, as if there was an invisible barrier that was somehow preventing me from fully embracing it. At around my fourth or fifth viewing, something magically clicked, and I was wholly absorbed into its…

  • Joker



    Killer Clowns from Inner Space. I sure hope you like watching Joaquin Phoenix dance, because a good twenty minutes of this film is dedicated to doing just that (I’m not even exaggerating either). Yes, I know this was meant to help convey the extent to which Arthur Fleck (Joker) has so thoroughly disconnected himself from the outside world. It’s not just the dancing. He’s also afflicted with sudden outbursts of laughter that always seems to arrive at the worst possible…