A Je To! Or Doing and Subverting Communism with Pat and Mat

  Armed with hammer, screwdriver, and inexhaustible optimism, Pat and Mat have been taking on the world for over 40 years. In those years their world changed drastically;  born during the dark days of communist Czechoslovakia, they witnessed the Velvet Revolution, watched the Iron curtain fall, and saw their country being split into two. Yet … More A Je To! Or Doing and Subverting Communism with Pat and Mat

Ode to the Pimple

  It was a cold February morning when I was on my way to Amsterdam from Haarlem station. Like any other person commuting by train, I normally keep my business to myself but this time I was distracted by the guy sitting in front of me. It was a Spanish tourist who was browsing through … More Ode to the Pimple

T2 Trainspotting

  Choose to make a highly anticipated sequel to a 20 year old movie. Choose to ignore the cynicism surrounding remakes, follow-ups, and other so-called money-draining exploitations of an initial “good movie”. Choose nostalgia. Choose letting an entire generation reach for the last lingering strings of their youth. Choose to accept some meagre compliments and … More T2 Trainspotting

I Feel Therefore I Am: Wes Anderson, Donald Trump, and New Sincerity

  Let’s talk about Wes Anderson’s H&M Christmas ad and Donald Trump because the two may have more in common than you might think. The Christmas ad shows a train struck by bad winter weather which means that the passengers will unfortunately not be able to get home for the holidays. As luck would have … More I Feel Therefore I Am: Wes Anderson, Donald Trump, and New Sincerity

“That Gum You Like is Going To Come Back in Style”: The Revival of Twin Peaks and the Uncanny

  Next year, one of the creepiest murder-mystery TV series Twin Peaks will return for a new season. Being over 25 years old, the show is a true cult classic and has been subject to many tributes and references from various other famous TV-shows like The Simpsons and Adventure Time. Last summer I watched the … More “That Gum You Like is Going To Come Back in Style”: The Revival of Twin Peaks and the Uncanny

*Stares into the Camera*: On The “Jim Look” and The Age of Irony

A few weeks ago I was at a housewarming, and while using a phallic-shaped bottle opener to remove the cap from my beer because it was, regrettably, the only one available, some guy said “I can see you thinking; this one is slightly smaller than what I am used to”. Because I didn’t want to … More *Stares into the Camera*: On The “Jim Look” and The Age of Irony

Moors In Elsinore

I love Shakespeare and is there anything more amazing than combining his legendary poetic style with the narcissistic, pompous, and contemporary enigma that is Kanye West? Methinks not. Watch the clip here.