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On Mishima, and Feeling That One Exists

Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters is a singular portrait of an artist's life lived so fiercely as to have left an indelible mark on an alienated world seeking affirmation for its own existence.

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Dignity and the Death Penalty: On Borzage’s 'Moonrise'

In the nearly eight decades since Moonrise's release, Borzage's melodrama-noir styled meditations on social causality, dignity, and redemption have lost none of their potency.

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Losing the Narrative of Your Life: On Alissa Quart's ​'Squeezed: Why Our Families Can't Afford America'

Alissa Quart's perspective-driven reporting on the struggles of middle-class working families addresses the results of America's utterly depraved neoliberal capitalist state.

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Killing Is Killing: Logan's Enduring Excellence

In a competitive sea of superhero films, Logan continues to stand out with its tremendous performances, thematic complexity, remarkably critical take on violence, and deeply stirring pathos.

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"Pounding Humility into You Permanently": On Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain was loved not for his wit or charming temerity, but for confronting us with our own alienation and cultural isolation. He reminded us that there were connections to be made over the dinner table.

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Fear and Loathing in the Zone: 'Annihilation's' Dreamy 'Death Drive'

Annihilation's reflections on what Freudian psychoanalysts have referred to as the 'death drive' offers an account of modern life we cannot ignore.

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Do We Dream of Electric Sheep Like Blade Runner's Corporate-produced Replicants?

The isolation of Blade Runner 2049's inhabitants continually reinforces and enlivens their deep need for genuine connection, communal relationships, which the divisive effects of global capitalism actively undermines.

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'On the Nature of Daylight': Arrival's Gentle, Beating Heart

Max Richter's 'On the Nature of Daylight' signaled that as a new parent, I was going to have a relationship with Arrival's message.

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