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  • The Work

    The Work


    The attention to differing backgrounds – race, age, visitor or prisoner – renders the situation overwhelmingly unnatural. Screams overheard from neighboring groups cause sporadic interruptions. A microphone is muffled by the rhythm of a racing heart. There are constant reminders of how contrived the ritual of group therapy is and how the only thing binding these men together is their choice to participate in it. Their bodies’ contortions and the guttural cries that emerge are as primal as they are…

  • The Post

    The Post


    For me, the most pertinent point of comparison is, somehow, Rogue One. It's not just that Spielberg is the regretful nexus of the post-Boomer studio system or how Edwards clearly owes so much to him; both films essentially function in the same realm of "play the hits" self-mythologizing, occupying a rah-rah attitude that alludes to a larger context that the textually-bound characters cannot perceive. In both, the dramatic center is only stumbled upon while rounding second base, all individual conundrums…

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  • Far Far Away Idol

    Far Far Away Idol


    My family went to a house party in 2005. While all the parents drank and chatted downstairs, all the kids were up in the playroom, shooting Nerf guns and watching Shrek 2. When the credits rolled, the host's kids popped into the bonus features and queued up this motherfucker. After every character performed their song, we were asked to vote on who should win. I put up my hand for Donkey's passionate performance of "Disco Inferno," but, of course, Prince…

  • The Room

    The Room


    On an eleventh watch, I realize that Lisa and Claudette talking about breast cancer means that this film technically passes the Bechdel test.

    Also, masterpiece.