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  • Joe Mande's Award-Winning Comedy Special

    Joe Mande's Award-Winning Comedy Special

    ★★★

    Pretty good. I liked the ongoing gag with him clawing for a comedy award, some of the content is solid and he has nice stage presence. A pretty run-of-the-mill stand-up special, but certainly worth a watch if you're in the mood.

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  • Stephen King's It

    Stephen King's It

    ½

    9/100

    Not much to say about this one aside from that it's unbearably stupid, boring and absurd. Some of it's dumbest moments are mildly amusing, but then I quickly realized I spent three hours watching it and that joy immediately shifted into anger. A bad, bad movie that's as bloated as it is underwhelming.

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  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    I've been seeing lots of "controversy" over the supposed value of La La Land vs something like Moonlight, usually insinuating that La La Land's comparative levity somehow renders it lesser. My quick two cents would that be that yes, Moonlight is a magnificent portrait of masculinity in 2017's world, with broad, valuable insights on how race, sexual preference (*orientation*) and class all influence and inform one's identity. Basically a vehicle and showcase for compassion and empathy in a world seemingly…

  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★★

    In light of recent events, I'm reminded of Fermi's paradox. A cynical and unsettling notion which suggests the reason we've never been contacted by extraterrestrial intelligent life is that the no civilization has survived long enough to innovate to that level. Or, in simpler terms, that the fundamental nature of intelligent life is to ultimately destroy itself. As tech and sciences progress further and further, what matters is how we allocate that technology; what leaders we elect to control it…