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When was the last time you heard somebody say they were bored?

The last recollection I have of someone telling me they were bored was via an MSN message. (MSN was like iMessage of the 2000s, for those born in the 2000s.) That might sound peculiar in the context of…


F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel is about wealth, social class, and fantasy. It’s also a subtle depiction of loneliness.

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The Great Gatsby is one of those great works of literature that people are always reading, so much so that people write essays about why people are always reading it. Fitzgerald’s novel is about many things, such as wealth, social class, and fantasy — “illusions and delusions”, as Wesley Morris…


Alongside Maya Hawke, Andrew Garfield does his best Joker impression in Gia Coppola’s Black Mirror-esque critique of social media.

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It’s a cliché nowadays to say that we’re all slaves to our phones and social media, but it’s an analogy worth keeping in mind when thinking about Mainstream. Even more so, the words of self-described “Black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet” Audre Lorde, who wrote that “the master’s tools will never…


Suki Waterhouse takes the lead in Simon Barrett’s surprising and subversive slasher-whodunit disguised as a supernatural horror movie.

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The first sign that Seance has intentions of being more than a run-of-the-mill horror movie comes early, in the cold open, when a group of girls perform a séance in their dormitory bathroom and none of them scream when it seemingly succeeds and an entity rises out of a bathtub.


In the new dark-comedy thriller, Rosamund Pike plays a wolf that preys on seniors, and unintentionally adds to the #FreeBritney movement.

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Marla Grayson’s care-cup is very small. (Photo: Netflix / Amazon Studios)

Ben Affleck may have been the star of David Fincher’s 2014 film Gone Girl, but it was Rosamund Pike that stole the show. Her portrayal of the missing-wife-turned-mastermind-antiheroine instantly made Amy Dunne one of the best villains in film history (notice I didn’t say “female villains”), while also earning praise…


John Lee Hancock’s new serial killer thriller starring Denzel Washington, Rami Malek, and Jared Leto sticks closely to “Se7en” with the big things, as well as the small.

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“It’s the little things that are important. It’s the little things that get you caught”, Deputy Sheriff Deke (Denzel Washington) tells Detective Jim Baxter (Rami Malek) in The Little Things. Deke is in L.A. from Kern County running an errand and ends up consulting on a case that Baxter has…


Made shortly after 2011’s “Contagion”, the period medical series “The Knick” features a disease subplot involving the discovery of asymptomatic carriers, contract tracing, and quarantine.

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Last April, a few months into the COVID-19 pandemic, Steven Soderbergh was named the head of a Directors Guild committee that would consult with epidemiologists and generate a “comprehensive guide” to help the filmmaking industry return to work safely. Why Steven Soderbergh? …


As the media landscape continues to evolve, sports fandom continues to be redefined. Yet, archaic TV ratings are still how we measure a league’s success.

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2020 was a hell of a rollercoaster for everyone, but perhaps those in the world of sports had the bumpiest ride. Sports — like practically every other industry in the world — was greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. On top of that, with athletes today commendably taking a greater…


Barack Obama recently criticized the “Defund The Police” slogan and was, in turn, criticized himself, drawing further attention to the semantics of the phrase.

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Ever since May 25th, 2020, when Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on George Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, calls to “Defund The Police” have penetrated the public consciousness. The murder of George Floyd sparked protests around the globe, many of which sought to draw attention to…


The 45th President of the United States has been a boon for journalism. If he loses the 2020 election, how will things change?

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After the host of The Apprentice formally announced his presidential candidacy in 2015, Donald J. Trump became a golden goose for the news industry. Not only was he already a public figure of significant interest, but his brand of politics was so shocking and offbeat that you either covered him…

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