Brief Thoughts

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    Brief Thoughts: Tade Thompson’s Rosewater

    I got the same frisson of discovery reading Tade Thompson’s ROSEWATER as I did reading William Gibson’s NEUROMANCER so...

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    Brief Thoughts: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

    SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE is one of the best superhero movies I’ve ever seen, and one of the most...

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    Brief Thoughts: Aliette de Bodard’s In The Vanishers’ Palace

    Aliette de Bodard’s novella IN THE VANISHERS’ PALACE turns the devastating aftermath of colonialism into a wave that warps...

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    Brief Thoughts: Eighth Grade (2018)

    Bo Burnham’s EIGHTH GRADE really drives home how often teen movies feel like period pieces predicated on nostalgia even...

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    Brief Thoughts: Halloween (2018)

    Went to the movies for David Gordon Green’s new HALLOWEEN to cheer myself up. After all, a cinematic manifestation...

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    Brief Thoughts: Apostle (2018)

    Gareth Evans’ APOSTLE is a stylishly unsubtle fable about the cultish brutality of ideological extremism, whether manifest in religious...

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    Brief Thoughts: First Man (2018)

    Damien Chazelle’s FIRST MAN paints Armstrong’s ascent to the Moon as an escape from grief and familial responsibility, the...

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    Brief Thoughts: You Were Never Really Here (2017)

    Lynne Ramsay’s YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE: the plot of a pulpy action thriller subsumed into a hypnotic meditation...

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    Brief Thoughts: Succession

    SUCCESSION is a fucking *beast*. The One Percent as deliciously, beautifully human as only fiction can make them, impressive...

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    Brief Thoughts: Hereditary

    HEREDITARY is a near-masterpiece, and falls short because its use of grief and familial trauma as fuel for a...

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