Author: Aidan Zinck

Phantom Thread Review

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Phantom Thread is an astounding film. If I had watched last year, it would almost certainly have been my favorite film of 2017 (albeit with stiff competition from Get Out). The film is simultaneously one of the most meticulous character…

Why I Didn’t Like The Last Jedi

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Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi is not a particularly good film, and I’d like to explain why I think that. The Last Jedi sells itself on being different from what came before it, on breaking the mold of Star Wars. After…

Lady Bird Movie Review

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Lady Bird is an exceedingly charming film. Every scene has an irrepressible energy bubbling beneath the surface, turning the mundane and prosaic into the compulsively watchable. Many indie films are described as “charming” or “quirky” without having earned either adjective,…

Movie Review: Solaris

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You should see Solaris. There are a lot of movies which are important parts of film history but which I can’t really recommend because they’re obtuse or extremely dated (Birth of a Nation comes to mind), but Solaris is both…

Stalker Movie Review

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Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1979 film Stalker is an astonishing movie. It’s certainly one of the most deeply spiritual films I’ve ever seen, and one of the most gorgeous. On both of those fronts, Stalker is nearly indescribably beautiful, even though its…

Blade Runner 2049 Review

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Blade Runner 2049 is an absolutely gorgeous and hollow movie. The original movie is one of the greatest science fiction stories of the 20th century, provoking difficult discussions at the intersection of scientific progress and existential thought. It is a…

Scary Movie Recommendations

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Halloween is fast approaching, and, whether you’re a neophyte or veteran horror fan, the time to dive into your backlog of scary movies is now. Although, by and large, there’s been a dearth of truly interesting (or even watchable) horror…

Twin Peaks: The Return Review

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When it was first broadcast on network television in 1990, Twin Peaks was revolutionary. The original run of the show so greatly changed the face of primetime television that our concept of “prestige TV” still bears the marks of Twin Peaks‘ formula.…

New Twin Peaks

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When I first heard that Twin Peaks would be returning, I was both ecstatic and nervous. The original remains one of the greatest shows ever to air on television, and David Lynch is one of my favorite contemporary directors; therefore, even a…

Wolf Hall: Book Review

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I’m somewhat late to the party, so to speak, on reading Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall, published in 2009. It was the first book in a planned trilogy about the life of Thomas Cromwell, a key advisor to Henry VIII who was…