George Napper

Viewing. Verbalizing. Vibing. Critic for TheArtsSTL. (

Favorite films

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire
  • The Sound of Music
  • Mulan
  • Rosetta

Recent activity

  • Harley & Katya


  • Dumb Money


  • It Lives Inside


  • Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest


Recent reviews

  • Harley & Katya

    Harley & Katya


    “You can’t focus on the sport only. Life doesn’t end there.”

    Those of us who watch a lot of sports and see so many of the best highlights often run the risk of losing sight of the humanity of athletes at all levels of competition. Human failure is a natural and normative part of life, and therefore a natural part of any sport. No one is a robot. No one has all of the answers all of the time. But…

  • Dumb Money

    Dumb Money


    In the grand scheme of things, the biggest impact of the 2021 short squeeze of GameStop stock (GME) was that it made hedge funds and short sellers aware of the possibility of other similar events fueled by social media. For at least a brief, glimmering moment, retail traders were kings. Dumb Money smartly focuses its thematic eye on this us-versus-them through line, even if its narrative arc sometimes feels a bit cluttered.

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Popular reviews

  • Bodies Bodies Bodies

    Bodies Bodies Bodies


    “Check… her… texts.”

    What stunned me most about this film is how intelligent and emotionally involving it is, even if the target of its satire is fairly obvious.

    Its intelligence shines through in the many levels it unexpectedly mines and works on. Although some character development is accomplished rather quickly in order to fast-track the film’s central whodunnit, that speed works in the satire’s favor because ‘Bodies Bodies Bodies’ is satirizing hypocritical millennial and gen-z tendencies towards immediate judgement and…

  • South Park: Post COVID

    South Park: Post COVID


    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    “No, kids. Fuck Uncle Kyle.”

    The first 15ish minutes of this was one of the few times I've felt like Matt and Trey were straying into "old man yells at cloud" territory. But I'm happy to report the rest of the hour was pretty good. I cackled at Rabbi Cartman, Clyde being an anti-vaxxer, the personification of a bitchy Alexa AI, and the constant 'Blade Runner 2049' parody throughout. I'm glad Matt and Trey are keeping South Park fresh for…