Isekai isn’t my bag most of the time, even if we’re talking about the 90s stuff that tended to be a lot more interesting (and a lot less gross) than the male wish-fulfillment version of the genre exploding at present. But there is one I adore: Escaflowne, the […]
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 Fly is a nearly perfect horror film—it has tight writing, excellent performances, visceral practical effects, and well-developed themes about the horrors of deteriorative genetic inheritance. It was a breakout performance for Jeff Goldblum and, before that one episode of Rick & Morty, the most likely reason the average moviegoer […]
20 years. I made it almost 20 years without watching this movie.
This essay was commissioned by Wendy Cannan. You can find out more about commissions here. “Bad on purpose” is an extremely difficult sell. It requires a much higher level of shared knowledge than straightforward comedy—both because the creator must know how to replicate the hallmarks of amateurishness while still […]
With thanks to Hiimdaisy Picture this: a TV drama opens with the usual cast meeting the one-off characters of the week. Character A, whom we have probably never heard of before, is gay. Character B is aggressively homophobic in reaction to this news, tossing slurs and hateful rhetoric […]
CONTENT WARNING: Discussions of homophobia and transphobia. SPOILERS for Sailor Moon Season One and romances in Please Save My Earth. Sailor Moon turned twenty-five last year and, despite a few rough edges, it’s aged remarkably well. The series has garnered deserved accolades for its strong female friendships, memorable visuals, and forward-looking representation. But while the romance […]
This is it, this is the worst version of Zenigata I’ve ever seen. And preeeetty much everyone else too. Except Fujiko, she’s great.