I’m still in a dream, Snake Eater.

It’s not hard to walk around in 2020 with the feeling that all the metaphors have become literal. Donald Trump brings his supporters to a rally and then leaves them out in the cold. Joe Biden’s campaign rides a bright, well-branded cheery bus; Trump’s drives a hearse. But perhaps the…


My first salient memory of the news or current events is the impeachment of Bill Clinton. I was too young to understand specifics but I could already pick up that it was just a lazy, cynical exercise. All the eye-rolling and bloviating and posturing, carried out by senators and pundits…


When the entire landscape of music changes, even this must too.

I don’t really listen to metal anymore.

Sure, I’ll put on some Blind Guardian, or Cynic, or Fen, or Incantation, or Devin Townsend Project once in a while. I’ll occasionally lose myself in Candlemass’s King of the Grey Islands or check out whatever mind-bending mysteries Toby Driver is up to…


Toxic fandom, as encouraged by corporations, is destroying art. What to do about it?

Lots of things are coming to an end these days. The Avengers films. Game of Thrones. The world. As can be predicted, nobody’s taking it particularly well.

Certain sectors of the Internet have predictably melted down about the dumbest, silliest shit imaginable, reminding us once again that the greatest currency…


And they will keep being men until they are held to account.

One day in middle school, I was in detention. The room was surrounded by rows of isolated cubicles circling the room, with a large gap towards the center. I was seated at the last cube near the center. …


Victims and their families deserve better than this sheer cruelty.

Whenever a tragedy happens in 2018’s America, there are usually three extremely rapid responses anyone has to it. They are as follows:

  1. There are those who politicize it immediately, calling for action or rapid change on this or that issue, to prevent it from happening again;
  2. There are those who…

Incels interlinked, incels interlinked, incels interlinked

In the summer of 2007, a friend of mine introduced me to Pick Up Artistry. He had a whole stack of books and bookmarkedwebsites about it; and I’m sure you could guess why a couple of dumb 16-year-olds about to enter senior year in high school were entranced by the…


This post contains spoilers for Black Panther.

With those words uttered in solemn reverence, the most sacred of all Wakanda’s rituals begins. …


What Comes After The Trump Era™?

Perhaps the most striking aspect of The Trump Era™ has been the way we’ve collectively, as a nation, been borne to the edge of our wits by the rambling, vulgar man technically occupying the White House. 2017 was a hell of a year, and so was 2016 before it. And…


This post contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

It’s December, and you know what that means: Star Wars season. Every year we see a new rush of anticipation. What’s next for the Skywalker Saga? How are Rey, Finn and the gang? …

Alex Ricard

Bad opinions about movies, worse opinions about politics.

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