Mattis-Bezos 2024?

An interesting tidbit on levels of institutional trust in the United States: For Democrats, the most trusted institution in the country is Amazon. For Republicans, it is the military (Amazon is #3). — John Robb (@johnrobb) October 24, 2018 As John Robb notes, the GOP’s most-trusted institutions are the military (1) and Amazon (3). …

‘Halloween’ Review


The Shape flits about the edge of my vision, darting hither and yon. The music swells and a silhouette streaks by. The movements are surprisingly quick and agile, the shadows on the floor seemingly independent from the lights on the screen projecting David Gordon Green’s sequel/soft-reboot of Halloween. The Shape remains obscured—we’ve yet to get a good look at him, at his face. And then, a flash of light! The Shape is illuminated. It stares right at me, piercing my soul with his eyes, black as night.

Elle Tried to Trick People Into Registering to Vote, Which Is Horrible Since Fewer People Should Vote

This is just outrageous. I, for one, am shocked and appalled. Can you believe that Elle magazine would trivialize the concerns of voters by tweeting out a link to a voting registration site under the headline “Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are breaking up [stupid emoji] [idiotic emoji]”? Truly awful. I won’t embed the tweet so as not to reward such terrible behavior, but here’s a screenshot:

More Anti-American Moments from ‘First Man’

First Man

Over the weekend, First Man (which is good!) opened to a disappointing $16.5 million, modestly underperforming expectations. Perhaps it’s because the film was fending off challenges from all quadrants, with Venom soaking up younger audiences and A Star Is Born captivating older viewers looking for a little melodrama. Perhaps it’s because it’s a 2.5 hour historical drama, and films …

‘Venom’ Mini-Review

Why is Venom, the alien symbiote who bonds with Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy), named Venom in the movie Venom? I mean, why does he call himself Venom? Why does another symbiote, this one named Riot, call Venom by the name Venom? I don’t mean this in a gotcha, Why are these weird aliens speaking English sort of way, …

‘A Star Is Born’ Review

A Star Is Born is a perfectly acceptable harvesting of previously tilled territory, one that highlights Bradley Cooper’s impressive dramatic range and Lady Gaga’s dynamic vocals without bringing anything particularly exciting or memorable to the table, save one pop song that will undoubtedly go down as a “banger” that “slaps.”

The Substandard Oscars Draft

On the latest episode of the Substandard podcast (to which discerning individuals can subscribe here), we wanted to do a preview of awards season movies. As everyone knows, the studios release everything intended to be consumed by adults in the months of October, November, and December. These films generally turn out to be the Oscar …