You’re the Worst

There’s no shortage of sitcoms dealing with modern relationships on television these days. And while a lot people probably have their established favorites—a particular brand of observational humor and shared experiences that they find most relatable—allow me to challenge that. Because, for me, no other show that I’ve seen as of late can hold a candle to the mix of wry wit, raunchy escapades, and egotistical insights of FX’s You’re The Worst.
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The Lobster

What is love?

It would be a mistake to call Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Lobster absurd. Sure, it’s an absurdist romantic comedy where, in some parallel dystopian universe, those who can’t find a suitable mate are sent to an ominous hotel to find one, within forty-five days, lest they be transformed into a lower life form. I guess that probably sounds strange to most people, but, maybe, wholly practical to others. Who am I to judge? Nevertheless, the premise alone will likely be enough to turn off more myopic audiences. I get that. However, for everyone else, rest assured that there’s far more to this, dare I say, masterpiece if you’re willing to simply go with it.

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Suicide Squad

Fool Me Twice…

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was a bad movie, but never mind that. This is a review for Suicide Squad, which, turns out, is also a bad movie (how strange). Sorry to report, but as someone who respects numerous films for their sharply written scripts, visual artistry, and passionate performances, I’m actually willing to go as far as calling Suicide Squad an objectively bad movie. That certainly doesn’t mean that people can’t or won’t enjoy it, or that Warner Brothers latest DC Comics adaptation doesn’t have any redeemable qualities whatsoever. It absolutely does, but Suicide Squad is still a hot mess, even if it is better than its brooding, illogical, and unintentionally funny protagonist-led counterpart from earlier this year.

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Star Trek: Beyond

Reunited and it feels so good

Despite wandering over to the dark side to reinvigorate some other science fiction franchise that no one has ever heard of, I still think the best film that J.J. Abrams has helmed so far is his 2009 Star Trek reboot. The way the script was able to reintroduce storied characters while paying homage to Gene Roddenberry’s original series was a stroke of genius, rivaled by few other films attempting to similarly capitalize on established franchises. It’s a difficult thing to pull off, I imagine—to tell an origin story of interest for longtime fans that also welcomes newcomers—but Abrams has proven time and time again that he’s more than capable of executing on such a task. And I think the key to his success comes down to one simple thing: passion.

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