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  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

    Solo: A Star Wars Story


    Idk, it’s pretty good. I have much more to say of course, there’s a longer review coming. In fact there are lots of reviews I haven’t finished yet that I’d like to get to; what you’ve seen me post here this year is only partial. But it’s late, I’m still a little sick (Covid negative, thank god), and most importantly, this is the last movie I’ll be watching in my current apartment before I shift for real to my next…

  • Gerrymandering



    “Why stuff ballots when you can draw districts?”

    “Nothing will produce bad history more directly nor brutally, than drawing a line.” The origin of this, um, line, is Thomas Pynchon’s Mason & Dixon, which I haven’t read, though surely it is pertinent. I am unsurprised to see it here though, and in fact rather pleased, because I know director Jeff Reichert as a Pynchonian from many years of reading his Reverse Shot reviews. This is auteurism of a different kind: what…

Popular reviews

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once


    I feel like, in response to growing up and realizing they’re not meant to be important artists or leaders or activists or whatever, and that they’re just living an ordinary adult life like the rest of us, certain millennials have doubled down on that disappointment from the high expectations they had in childhood and are now like, actually I am the *most* important person in every universe that exists. Multiversal main character syndrome.

    With an escalating mass mental health crisis…

  • Ready Player One

    Ready Player One

    "I hate myself

    I hate myself

    I hate myself

    For loving you"

    The text people are searching for to decode this bizarre film is Hiroki Azuma's critical theory book Otaku: Japan's Database Animals. I first heard of the book through McKenzie Wark, who, following Azuma, posited that Japan had begun grappling with post-modernity several decades earlier than the rest of the world. This I think is true, because what began in Japan can be seen emerging in the United States…