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  • Minari

    Minari

    ★★★

    Adequately watchable slice-of-life drama that has unfortunately been appropriated by Hollywood's woke myth-making machine, per usual. Discourse-wise, this is more or less Parasite round two -- between its predominantly Asian cast of characters and the media's incessant beating to the #StopAsianHate drum in recent weeks, the stage is quite literally set for the Most Zeitgeist-y contender for this year's Best Picture Oscar. It's honestly kind of telling that quite a few recent movies led by an Asian cast and tell…

  • JFK

    JFK

    ★★★★½

    “What is past is prologue.”

    Elegiac.

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  • Wonder Woman 1984

    Wonder Woman 1984

    It’s safe to say at this point that I’ve mostly outgrown these needlessly exhausting, excruciatingly infantilizing exercises in nothingness. World-conquering megablockbusters preaching against excess and greed, commodifying morality as easily attainable nuggets of wisdom to live by are the last thing we need in this sobering year.

  • Spider-Man: Far from Home

    Spider-Man: Far from Home

    Read my full (spoiler-free) review for The Jakarta Post here.

    The logical endpoint of reactionary content creation under late-capitalist hegemony. Look no further than the current reign of Marvel Studios for a clear-cut behavior of the monolithic elite creating the illusion of aesthetic revolution to provide dissenters a bit of a wiggle room in a culture that’s no longer theirs. 

    When we criticized the film company for its lack of cast diversity, it went on to produce Black Panther. When…