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  • Hamilton

    Hamilton

    I listened to the album compulsively for months. It's a great pop musical.

    I then had the opportunity to see a live show in LA and was quite surprised at how less engaged I was by it as a theatrical experience. Its melodrama was far richer in my imagination. In person it felt much more maudlin and clumsy in its theatricality. I found it a lot harder to disagree with its critics.

    I wondered if perhaps I'd get a greater…

  • The Number 23

    The Number 23

    Pet Detective of the Spotless Mind: Forever. 

    As JOKER riffed on KING OF COMEDY, this feels like a RIDDLER origin film emulating BRINGING OUT THE DEAD.

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  • Crazy World

    Crazy World

    ★★★★★

    We live in a CRAZY WORLD.

    I'm not going to pretend escapist entertainment is what we need right now. It's not. The protests in Minneapolis and across the US, the tyrannical rhetoric being spat out on social media, the pandemic that is effecting everything from employment to healthcare to supply lines - they're all more pressing concerns frankly. So donate to the Minnesota Freedom Fund, listen to and support and protect people of colour, call for justice for George Floyd…

  • Joker

    Joker

    There's hyperbole on both sides of the discourse on Joker.

    I found it intermittently compelling, thanks in part to Joaquin and the novelty of a DC film acknowledging that the Wayne Family was probably bad, but most of its parts are affectations from better movies, and the climactic pontifications are pretty cringe.

    For whatever reason, when Arthur was going off about society on the talk show, I was reminded of when Jim Carrey monologues about the hypocrisy of Whoville in Ron Howard's Grinch movie.