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The Sixth Year: American Sigh Story

RAPE JOKES: Release Date + Pre-orders!

Ah! It’s Friday and I have some exciting news to share. I feel like I’ve been trying to keep from just blurting this out on the internet all week long, so I’m just going to get right to it.

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Recovery, in a Time of Insanity

At times like this, it’s easy to slide backwards.

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Movie Review: El Hoyo (The Platform)

A long, dark night of The Hole

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Lost S1E5: White Rabbit

Before we go on with this recap, I have a few demands.

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The Best Bad Movies: Part One

It’s an hour and a half of sheer horror-as-comedy, stunningly inventive set-pieces that lead to the most teeth-grindingly unpleasant finales you’ve seen in your life.

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Buffy Summers, Clara Oswald, and How to Pull Off a Chosen One Story

Let us talk, for a moment, about The Chosen One.

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Lost S1E4: Walkabout

The entry fee to this recap is: wash your hands. Go on, wash ’em. This post presents are garbled Zodiac-code nonsense unless you wash your hands for twenty seconds with soap and water first. You done? Good. Then let me begin.

You know, this is the first episode of Lost that I have actually enjoyed watching. Maybe that’s because things are so phenomenally batshit crazy out in the world right now that any hint of normalcy is something I’m going to grab hold of with both hands, but I don’t think it’s just me who has a soft spot for episode four, Walkabout.

There’s a lot of stuff that I’m been criticizing about Lost so far which this episode seems to address, and frankly, it’s giving me a little more patience for the show as a whole. Jack is no longer Captain I-Took-A-Class-In-That, instead frustrated and stressed by the weight being put on his shoulders by the other survivors; other characters are starting to interact less burdened with angst, like Charlie and Hurley goofing around as they try to catch fish. Sawyer is relentlessly bullied this week (first by Hurley jump-tackling him for peanuts, then by John Locke hurling a giant knife right next to his head), and the group begins to mourn its dead. Okay, so Ian Somerhalder and Maggie Grace still have some Horny-Ass Chemistry for people who are meant to be playing siblings, but some things never change, right?

Really, it feels like the show has hit its groove at this point, and that’s thanks in no small part to the fact that this episode centres on a brilliant actor: Terry O’Quinn is the centrepiece of Walkabout, along with his scandalously-named character John Locke. God, well, it’s better than Sawyer, am I right? Anyway.

I complained last week about the show not being ableto balance flashbacks with relevancy in the current plot of the episode, but this outing is basically an answer to that issue and a correction of course in the process. John Locke’s flashbacks are for sure the most interesting we’ve had to date – a wheelchair-bound wannabe-adventurer, he woke up on the island able to walk and finally presented with the opportunity to live out all his survivalist fantasies in real-time. It’s a compelling premise – what if someone had a happier life after a catastrophe like this one? – and the show presents it’s first truly powerful visual imagery, with Quinn watching his wheelchair burning in the remains of the plane and smiling as he watches his old life go up in flames. But more than that, it ties in to some of the themes and stories that this episode explores over on the island – finding the best in unthinkable struggle, living out new identities surrounded by people who’ve never known you as anything else – and creates a smooth and cohesive forty minutes of television.

You know what? No notes. I mean, I still I have some issues with the shaky-cam, which got so aggressive this week that the focal character vanished off screen and I became somewhat convinced that it had to be some sort of blooper, and Emilie De Ravin is having the skinniest late-term pregnancy I’ve ever seen before. But honestly, this is just a good episode to television: well-acted, well-written, and thematically cohesive in a really satisfying way. I think I might be starting to get this Lost thing, guys. Which helps, given that I’m going to be writing about every episode of this season, huh?

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Coronanxiety (Or, How to Stay Sane When Everything Isn’t)

Say, there was a global pandemic going on. Say that was happening. Now, and bear with me here, what if that was happening, you were probably stuck at home trying to do The Right Thing but worried you were somehow doing The Wrong One, and you couldn’t fight this doomed feeling that this is all looking rather like the first act of a post-apocalypse video game where you are an NPC who leaves audio recordings and diary scraps scattered around their trashed apartment for the player character to piece together long after you had gone mad and started living as a small possum in the woods?

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Movie Review: The Hunt

The Hunt is here, after controversy shelved it the first few times around. But, after all that – is it actually any good?

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Trisha Paytas, Mental Illness, and the Self-Diagnosis Debate

A few days ago, Trisha Paytas released a video. The internet’s most dedicated full-time troll, it’s not exactly as though she’s a stranger to controversy, but this video hit that internet sweet-spot and soon blew up in a big cloud of outrage. In it, Paytas claimed to have Disassociative Identity Disorder (DID), which, she mentioned, she had diagnosed herself.

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