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Replay: Dark Souls 2

Reading Time: 6 minutes What is the margin between being good and being great? It’s something I’ve often thought about. It also seems to be preoccupation of every self-motivation video I see on Instagram, or misattributed quote on Twitter.  There is an obsession with greatness, and yet so few people are able to achieve it. I believe it’s because […]

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‘Stanleyville’ thumbs nose at meritocracy, basically everything

Reading Time: 2 minutes Kisangani is a major commercial port city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Under Belgian colonization it was known as Stanleyville, after Welsh-American explorer Henry Morton Stanley, of “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?” fame. Stanley had been tapped by Belgian King Leopold II to establish a foothold for eventual annexation of the region. In 1897 […]

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‘Pig’ is a much needed post-Oscars palate cleanser

Reading Time: 2 minutes It’s depressingly apt that Michael Sarnoski’s feature debut Pig went overlooked at this year’s Academy Awards (and perhaps just as well—any hypothetical recognition would have been overshadowed by Will Smith physically assaulting a comedian). Pig is about the overlooked, the unnoticed, the forgotten. A doomed journey through the underbelly of a glittering, rotten industry, Portland’s […]

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Review: ‘X’ is an entertaining tour through cinema’s seedier backwaters

Reading Time: 3 minutes Ti West is good at silence. There’s a great sequence in his satanic panic flick The House of the Devil in which broke college student Samantha (Jocelin Donahue), having taken a suspicious “babysitting” job watching a very old woman upstairs, don’t even worry about it, dances around the living room of this not-empty house as […]

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Review: Leave the kids, watch the ‘2022 Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts’

Reading Time: 3 minutes The thing that sucked about Quibi is that a streaming service dedicated to short films is honorable in theory. The short is a criminally undervalued art form, too frequently condescended to as mere launchpads to making “real movies.” Meshes of the Afternoon, La Jetée, World of Tomorrow, The House Is Black, and countless others are […]

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Review: Computer-generated ‘Earwig and the Witch’ lacks Studio Ghibli magic

Reading Time: 2 minutes Earwig and the Witch (hereafter Earwig) is the first fully computer-generated feature produced by Studio Ghibli, giving it instant curio status. Since the mid-1980s, the studio has specialized in traditional hand-drawn animation under the stern perfectionism of Hayao Miyazaki, who’s only sparingly relied on CGI for elaborate productions like Princess Mononoke. Miyazaki announced his retirement […]

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