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  • Bo Burnham: Inside

    Bo Burnham: Inside

    ★★★★★

    Bo Burnham’s magnum opus. Less of a comedy special, more like Bo Burnham’s The Wall. All of the ills of society and self that plague Burnham swell up, coalesce, merge, and ultimately shatter in our faces, all as our role as viewer is called into question. We feel voyeuristic, perverted for even bearing witness to this man’s complete loss of self. Perhaps that’s what he wants, though. For us to feel perverse. What an invention. What a beautiful, terrifying paradox.

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  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    ★★★★★

    **TRIGGER WARNING: PANIC ATTACKS, SUICIDE, SELF-HARM**

    On March 26th, 2020, I went out for a jog. I was alone. I jogged from my childhood house all the way up to my childhood middle school and back— about a mile both ways. The day before, I had moved out of my dorm forcibly as a result of the burgeoning COVID-19 pandemic. Am I using that word right? “Burgeoning?” I just looked it up, and it seems right. It seems appropriate. “Burgeoning.”…

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  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    ★★★★★

    Never calling anything “nice” ever again

  • Bo Burnham: Inside

    Bo Burnham: Inside

    ★★★★★

    A man is stuck in his home for over a year. He is faced with an overwhelming predicament: he is working on a comedy special, and he doesn’t want to stop, because stopping means it becomes real, and that’s not what he wants. He has been living in the space between for so long, he was forgotten what reality even looks like. As he finally finishes his year-long journey, he resolves: “I promise to never go outside again.” “I’ve finished…

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