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Cobra Kai season 3 takes a provocative stance against over-glorifying the military

Cobra Kai season 3 takes a provocative stance against over-glorifying the military

, the first batch of episodes to premiere on Netflix, does something fascinating with its Big Bad, John Kreese: In a story arc about how old rivalries and past trauma can continue to deal damage across decades, the show’s writers use the character to question the amount of automatic respect and trust that America places in its veterans.Such a loaded, nuanced criticism sticks out on Cobra Kai. The story of two karate students who fought each other in a tournament when they were kids, and find their rivalry revived in their adult lives as they both take on new karate students, is ridiculous....

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Tenet’s ending sets up the sequel perfectly, except the sequel is Tenet

Tenet’s ending sets up the sequel perfectly, except the sequel is Tenet

Christopher Nolan’s script for is its own sort of temporal paradox, built on a structure that is both essential and also the worst way to experience it on first viewing. Characters go on and on about time inversion, admit they’re confused themselves, or just state they don’t know what’s going on either, and not anything resembling human motivation. Nolan waits so long to give the audience a reason to care, to give something to connect to on an emotional level, that it’s hard to care about the stunning action scenes or charismatic leads for the vast majority of the movie’s two-hour-and-30...

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