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‘The Trial of the Chicago 7:’ how to make history worthless

In 1968, ten thousand demonstrators gathered in Chicago during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in order to protest the Vietnam War. This counterculture gathering eventually culminated in the police and National Guard attacking the crowds… Read More...

‘Bly Manor’ may not be scary, but it is lovely nonetheless

Netflix’s “The Haunting of Bly Manor” was cursed from its very conception. The show is the second entry in the “Haunting” anthology, preceded by the now-legendary “Haunting of Hill House.” “Hill House” was a heart-stopping… Read More...

‘Ratched’ is wretched

Ryan Murphy fascinates me. As someone who appreciates well-crafted narratives and gripping characters, his propensity to drive his premises into meandering self indulgence and cartoonish irreverence should nauseate me. From a writing standpoint he elicits… Read More...

The underrated frozen hellscape that is AMC’s “The Terror”

Lost in the glow of “Better Call Saul” and “Breaking Bad,” AMC’s forgotten child, “The Terror,” remains one of the most underrated pieces of television ever ignored on the small screen. The 10 episode anthology… Read More...

Hoot recommends: quarantine edition

“Beastars” Okay, so hear me out. Paru Itagaki’s comedy manga “Beastars” about a bunch of anthropomorphic animals going to high school might look like furry fluff fodder—and it kind of is—but the series is a… Read More...

‘The Gentlemen’ review: unique, but not special

A unique storytelling gimmick is a tricky thing for a film to rely on, as it can either enhance the impact and appeal of a narrative, or it can distract and drain it. While not… Read More...

‘Jojo Rabbit’ review: the hilarious horror of childishness

There seem to be two schools of thought around addressing Hitler and Nazism in media. You can use comedy and satire to poke fun at Hitler and expose the fundamental flaws and childishness of Nazi… Read More...

‘Zombieland: Double Tap’—just watch the first one

There is an important scene midway through the first “Zombieland” movie that I think sheds light on it’s sequel’s failings. In it, our group of survivors, having formed an uneasy truce with each other, make… Read More...

‘El Camino’ is a diamond in the rough

Good stories end. Bad stories wither away. It seems to be an almost universal experience in entertainment, that the longer a TV show, film, video game, book or comic series lasts the more likely it… Read More...

‘Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus’ review: a return to glorious insanity

If you have never watched “Invader Zim,” then I am sorry to inform you that you have missed out and frankly, should feel a little sad about it. Airing on Nickelodeon from 2001 to 2006,… Read More...
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