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8 Jun
This is a good piece except for the passing attempt to rehabilitate "Lost":…
Actually I'm not sure if this is definitely saying that "Lost" shouldn't have been approached as a puzzle box instead of simply being "felt"; maybe the author just means that its deliberate puzzle-box design helped encourage the puzzle-box mentality: Image
But either way, if you analyze Raiders of the Lost Ark as a puzzle box you are being a philistine, but if you commit to a TV show that was *designed as a puzzle box*, you are within your rights to be angry when it doesn't have a solution to its puzzles.
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It's a sequel, of sorts, to my Sunday column: Three Paths to Containing Trump:…
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The world is not disenchanted:…
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My wife's terrific new book is out today. I am on social media, she wisely is not. Therefore in the style of a Bernie Sanders meme I am once again here asking you to buy it:…
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29 Mar
Short take on the Snyder Cut (longer take in the next NR): The new Justice League is effective on its own terms, but those terms are a step back from what Snyder was trying to do in Man of Steel (where it mostly worked) and Batman v. Superman (where it completely didn't).
For all the four-hour-ness and not-Marvel-ness, Justice League is much more of a conventional superhero movie than its predecessors, which were more interested in the terror and havoc Superman's arrival wreaked on *us*.
The setup in Batman v. Superman, especially - how do our leaders, our weirdos, our normies, our merely human heroes all relate to a demi-god - was genuinely original. Unfortunately the plotting was just terrible. And no less terrible in the director's cut, alas.
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