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The conversation about the parlous state of the romantic comedy has been going on for so long that it has consumed not only buckets of virtual ink, but the real-world variety too. At this stage, it might be time to admit that the genre’s heyday in the 80s and 90s was more of a blip […]
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Oscars 2022

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On March 27, 2022
In a few hours, we will reach the end of an Oscars season that has been occupied primarily with the question of how to get people to care about the Oscars. And with a whole host of misguided schemes aimed at achieving that goal. It’s how we’ve gotten an Oscars ceremony that can’t spare an […]
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Best TV of 2021

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On December 30, 2021
TV in 2021 was a case of swinging from famine to feast. In the first few months of the year, I caught up on a sizable chunk of my Netflix queue, because new shows weren’t coming down the pipeline due to COVID shutdowns and slowdowns. But in the second half of the year, we saw […]

Whither Satire

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On December 26, 2021

I’ve been thinking lately about satire, and particularly political satire of our present moment, which often seems to have come pre-satirized, no joke or jibe having more of a bite than actual r

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Dune

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On October 29, 2021
[This review appeared on my blog earlier this week.] For as long as we’ve been waiting for Denis Villeneuve’s Dune, a period made even longer by the vicissitudes of the pandemic, one question, it seems, has occupied fandom: will they get it right? After two failed adaptations (two and a half if you include Alejandro Jodorowsky’s […]

Squid Game

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On October 1, 2021

Isn’t it just the way? You wait all summer for a good Netflix series, and then two come along in the same week. No sooner had I finished enjoying Midnight Mass than a critical mass of praise began b

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