Japan: Year One

The dust has settled. I no longer have the urge to drink constantly and copiously, to escape to the movie theater every night, to feel anything other than what I was within the confines of my apartment. The latest nadir of my time as an expat is in the rearview mirror; the isolation, loneliness, and […]

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Transformers: Age of Extinction

I feel defensive just writing this review. “It’s not like I don’t have an appreciation for film history,” I want to say. “I’ve gone through Chaplin and Hitchcock and Fellini and Kurosawa…” I turn to broader means of justification, drawing upon personal traits. “Look, I’m a reasonably intelligent human being. I’m just open-minded.” Still anxious, […]

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24: Live Another Day

The action genre has a shorter lifespan than most. There’s a reason why Tobey Maguire didn’t make the fourth Spider-Man, why Shia LaBeouf wasn’t in the fourth Transformers, why Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley were hazy memories by the fourth Pirates. At a certain point, the familiar becomes mundane. Even the most venerable franchises prove […]

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I was one of the few people who enjoyed Battle: Los Angeles, and one of the few who didn’t think much of Cloverfield. Setting aside their respective merits and faults, however, I appreciated the central conceit that drove both science-fiction thrillers. Battle: Los Angeles focused on a single squadron – introducing us to its members and […]

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MacBook and Me

And now, a break from our regularly scheduled emo session… Until the last two weeks, I had never owned anything other than a PC. The idea of paying more than a thousand dollars for a computer seemed galling, especially coming from a lower-middle class background. PCs were cheap, customizable, and the norm. I had desktops […]

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To the Bitter End

Umbrella in hand, I left the warm confines of my hotel. The rain poured; the wind howled – harbingers of the typhoon that was scheduled to hit Nagasaki the next day.* I was not unaware of the impending threat, but given an entire evening still left to kill, decided I could withstand the preview of […]

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