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  • In the Mouth of Madness

    In the Mouth of Madness


    "God's not supposed to be a hack horror writer."

    Or, All Hail the End of History! All Hail Capital Ascendant! Hail, Mass Culture! Hail!

    Or, How I Learned to Start Worrying and Loathe the Experience Machine

    Or, Confessions of a "Content Creator" 

    Or, Welp, Now What?

    If you read this as a mea culpa for/stab at the heart of the debased, zealously corporatized American culture industry during the mid-90s' Pax Romana, with the Lovecraftian elder gods directing Crane's novel roughly…

  • The Green Ray

    The Green Ray


    The incredibly callous, callow laughter from parts of the Metrograph audience tonight... Fuck hipsters, man.

    For my part, I think the glib, disassociative contempt that’s often shown onscreen characterizations of weakness and helplessness is nothing short of moronic, especially in contrast to the awed respect that’s gladly afforded to showy displays of violent psychosis. . . When thinking about Le Rayon vert, I’m always oddly put in mind of lyrics from an emotionally irresistible artist who’s also dared to treat…

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  • Listen Up Philip

    Listen Up Philip


    1. ARP is a demonstrably shit writer. (As am I.)

    2. For all the resentment leveled at literary critics who write about film without addressing form, favorable notices that insist on calling this purple atrocity "literate", or its voice-off "sharp", prove that a lot of film critics are just as ignorant about conventions of literary writing.

    3. To that point, have you people actually read Roth or Pynchon? Here are the first full sentences of page 269 in Roth's American…

  • Celine and Julie Go Boating

    Celine and Julie Go Boating


    Someone brought their ~9 year old (!) daughter to this screening. Judging by the throaty giggles that erupted from the front of the theater during Julie's magicienne-burlesque parody act, I'd say she not only "got it" but was 100% on its wavelength. That is righteous parenting, folks. 

    Go read the first two pages of Farber's Kitchen Without Kitsch for the dope.