Sometimes, when I’m in the mood to break my own heart with the difference between the world I imagined as a child and the one I’m actually confronted with as an adult, I’ll watch videos like this one:

There are several like it, videos which pair footage of bustling…


“Make love.” — Daft Punk, 1993–2021

Prologue

This is not a review of Zack Snyder’s Justice League. There is much about the film I dislike, and I certainly don’t care whether you like it or not. I just want to write about how I found the film to be, almost in…


Dontnod has a knack for place, for memory, and for the link between the two. In Life Is Strange, I relished the opportunities I was given to just linger in a location, feeling out the emotional character of a place, how Max felt about it, and what existing there might…


NOTE: This piece assumes the reader has watched season one of HBO’s Perry Mason.

“Don’t give up, ’cause somewhere there’s a place where we belong.” — Peter Gabriel, “Don’t Give Up”

Let’s start here: I feel like a lost soul.

I had written a big flashy introduction to this piece…


PLEASE NOTE: This piece is intended as post-game reading. It discusses plot events in detail, including the ending.

“Why on earth are we here? Surely not to live in pain and fear.” — John Lennon, “Instant Karma”

“What’s broken can always be fixed. What’s fixed will always be broken.” …


(PLEASE NOTE: This post contains spoilers for Final Fantasy 7 Remake.)

Reviews serve a necessary function. They assert that art matters, and that the conversation about art matters. When a new work is released, reviews can enrich or challenge our perspective, giving us new ways to think about our own…


Before its release, I was suspicious of Animal Crossing: New Horizons — suspicious of the idea that it could have anything to offer me, anyway, that it could do anything but make me feel worse than I already did. I definitely didn’t see the appeal in all of Tom Nook’s…


When Cardboard Computer announced that the fifth and final act of their magical realist adventure game Kentucky Route Zero was finally coming out on January 28th, I decided to replay the first four acts one more time in preparation. I’ve always found that KR0 rewards repeat playthroughs, as I routinely…


This is my attempt to write something cleansing in the final hours of this decade, so that I can start the next one with the right mindset and the right heartset. …


Writing in The New Yorker in June of 1981 about the upcoming film Raiders of the Lost Ark, film critic Pauline Kael made it clear that she was not a huge fan. The action sequences left her exhausted and unmoved. “Kinesthetically, the film gets to you,” she wrote. “It gets…

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