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Jesse Hassenger
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Contributor, The A.V. Club. I also write fiction, edit textbooks, and help run SportsAlcohol.com, a pop culture blog and podcast. Star Wars prequels forever!
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They do sometimes nab people early in their cycle, at least. There have been some movie/TV stars where they get on SNL faster than they seem like they would have five or six years ago. The music bookings are weird. They often seem to be chasing youthful hotness, but the more fickle nature of the streaming charts also Read more

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I agree, it would make more sense for an essay on a pop-culture cite to focus on everything wrong with Elon Musk, rather than focus on how he relates to a particular movement in pop culture. Oh well, next time!

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Call me crazy, but I think movie reviews are opinion pieces. The amount of research that goes into writing a movie review is much closer than what goes into an op-ed (hopefully a good, solid op-ed, not a “quote and misinterpret one source incessantly” type of op-ed) than what goes into a piece of reporting, in my Read more

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I have to wonder how many Statham movies you’ve seen if you characterize this is (a.) among his worst and (b.) an imitation of Liam Neeson, when it’s very much of a piece with Statham’s entire career. Not every Statham movie is as tongue-in-cheek as Crank or even The Transporter. A lot of them are grim little pulp Read more

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Ebert was absolutely correct to rate those movies higher than Top Gun, because they are both vastly better movies, by virtue of not being unwatchably boring.

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Similarly, movie reviews are long-winded ways of saying “I liked this movie” or “I didn’t like this movie.” And comments like yours are pretty concise (though still, somehow, overlong!) ways of saying “I do not have any interesting thoughts to offer, but I feel the need to say something anyway.”

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Whereas you are a very good and interesting person because you don’t care about unions *or* sweatshop labor! Check and mate! You did it! Where should I send your fucking award?

May 6
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The vast majority of the sketches are much sillier/weirder than that and don’t have much discernible political content. They definitely make fun of right-wing figures, but like......... is it that crazy partisan to make fun of Ted Cruz? Marjorie Taylor Greene? If anything, they could stand to attack more well-liked Read more

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There are enough movie theaters open to support a 3,000-screen release of Mortal Kombat; seemingly not enough to support multiple 3,000-screen releases at once (judging by the screen counts for the box office charts, which had MK at about 3,100, Godzilla vs. Kong at about 2,700, and a couple more movies hovering Read more

May 6
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If by this you mean people who were over 45 twenty years ago, and are still over 45, but are also over 65, you are correct. Read more

May 6
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“I don’t get the A.V. Club’s love for her,” say Concerned People about a popular comedian whose movies have received mixed-to-negative reviews from the A.V. Club.

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The real way for Rogan to get people to not take his opinion at face-value when he doesn’t have any idea what he’s talking about is to not offer it to an audience of millions. I could talk about how little I know about aviation, but if I wrote several bestelling books about how to build airplanes with “hey, look, you Read more

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Making decisions based on streaming algorithms is no longer the exclusive territory of TikTok stars and the like, sorry to say. See: Any established artist who releases a 25-track album on Spotify.

May 5
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By all means, cite the specific sketches that came off to you like “leftist lectures.” In my experience, genuine leftists are often disgusted or disinterested in SNL.

May 5
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Is that what antifa is typically referencing? The period of history where Stalinists were briefly aligned with Hitler?

May 5
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All writing isn’t blogging, and both are labor by any reasonable definition, so you could hardly be more wrong if you tried.