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Daniel Harmon is the publishing director at Zest Books, a contributing editor at FLOOD Magazine, and the co-author of Plotted: A Literary Atlas.
La La Land, or, A Slap in the Face La La Land does not need any more praise, backlash, awards, hot takes, hotter takes, hottest takes, nuclear takes, nor further attention of any kind. BK Mag has already done its part and run a review of La La Land, and I’m not here to write another one. The movie is impressive and affecting and Damien Chazelle is a very exciting filmmaker. I enjoyed watching the...
The meaning of Christmas is something that we all kind of intuit, but it’s also something that Christmas movies have a very hard time agreeing upon. A Christmas Carol and its many reiterations celebrate the holiday’s potential for personal redemption; Miracle on 34th Street and Elf think Christmas is a time to believe; A Charlie Brown Christmas and How the Grinch Stole Christmas set out to save the holiday from its worst consumer impulses; and...
Thanksgiving doesn’t get the Hollywood treatment the way Christmas and Halloween (and Valentine’s Day, god help us) do. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles is certainly a classic, but where do you go after that? Even if we take the holiday as a stand-in for fall more broadly, the pickings are slim—and troubled. The Big Chill is whiter than the white that sits upon the rice; Hannah and Her Sisters is an urgent reminder of the...
The Case Against Ghosts Ghost stories are bad, almost by definition. They rely on malevolent spirits who literally cannot touch us—and certainly can't kill anything. Zombies may not have the speed or the wits of the living, but they at least force us to run. Vampires, too, have their defects, but their bite is real. Ghosts, however, have to rely on smoke, mirrors, and boos to make their mark. This is not a good recipe...

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