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Monthly Review: January 2023

What I read and wrote and published and how I fared

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Avatar 2: The Way of Water (2022). James Cameron

Visually resplendent, and laudable for its environmental messaging, this film suffers from an underdeveloped story, incoherent editing, flat characters, and a resolution that resolves nothing. “Humans = bad, greed = bad, and living with nature = good.” I guess that’s a message we can all stand to be reminded of, but I do wish the packaging were more artful.

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Knives Out 2: Glass Onion (2022). Rian Johnson

An entertaining and neatly-fitting little puzzlebox, much like the one in the opening sequence.

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Monthly Review: September 2022 (Almost No Memory; The Sound and the Fury)

Full-length book reviews: Lydia Davis’s short story collection *Almost No Memory*; Faulker’s *The Sound & the Fury*; began reading *godel Escher Bach* and abandoned it; short reviews of some films I watched in recent months including *American Beauty* and *Sleepy Hollow.* Wrote a fair bit, including rewrites and microstories.

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Film reviews: Rewatching My Favourite Television Show & Movie (Breaking Bad and LOTR)

Over the last few weeks I’ve rewatched *Breaking Bad* and *The Lord of the Rings* trilogy. Here’s what I thought of them.

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Black Mirror’s Scathing Social Commentary Is A Wake-Up Call for Contemporary Democracies

In this critique published at Countercurrents, I explore a genre-changing television series. Black Mirror does best when it shows how, in a world that’s almost this world, mass media and social media cause problematic behaviour at the mass level.

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Joker (2019) raises many real issues, only to devolve into a justification of violence

This review published at Countercurrents critiques a film that squanders great potential.