Never did a film release year so desperately need a breath of earnestness as this one did. Fortunately, between Transformers oh Fuck We’re Still Doing This, Exodus: “It’s Not Brownface if we Don’t Admit it,” and two Lars Von Trier films (he’s maximizing potential misery by dividing his films […]
I'm Vrai Kaiser, writer by profession and analytic nerd for the love of the game. I've been published in online magazine The Alligator, and am currently working to get my first novel published. Here you'll find updates on my work, as well as pop culture analysis, recaps, and reviews. Commentary and requests are always welcome.
The intro is here. It’s been a while since we had a two-parter. My exhausted fingers thank you.
I would like to present you now with two circular lines of logic prevalent in the world of western animation, especially shows aimed at younger audiences: Same sex relationships cannot be too explicit (read: involve kissing or direct love declarations) because this is viewed as inherently tied to […]
The intro is here. In which Tsuwabuki is basically Dipper, but more quickly aware of how tired that crush is.
I am without sufficient breath to detail the extent to which my life has been shaped by one Stephen T Colbert, DFA. Though he may never see this document (hence why I have idled toward a 3rd person styling, for ease of reading by the literally dozens of […]
The intro is here. Eyyy, it’s a Jury episode! You know what that means: we’re gonna Talk About Queer Stuff.
While it’ll be some time before we can start weaving the history books, I’m fairly prepared to say we’re currently living in a new Golden Age of western animation. Starting as early as the controlled, beautiful storytelling of Avatar and exploding in the wake of Adventure Time’s bold […]
You know what doesn’t get enough credit? Silent Hill’s joke endings. They’re more or less the first of their kind, to start with – beforehand you’ve got joke items/scenes and nonstandard game-overs, but never something you actively worked for in the same way. And because they can’t be […]
Were I operating in an uncharitable mode, it might be accurate to call thrillers the skim milk of the horror genre. At least, that’s the image that the official definition – a genre whose main purpose is to induce fearful excitement – conjures. But thrillers are really just […]
The intro is here. Ikuhara concedes that perhaps there are some commonly used growing-up Aesops he should touch on, but resolves to do it in the weirdest way possible.