(There’s no abysmal like) Show Abysmal is a monthly column dedicated to publishing experiments in film criticism. The series is edited by Benjamin Shearn. For inquires, email Ben at firstname.lastname@example.org
September 23, 2020
A BLANK CHECK FOR UNCHECKED ADOLESCENCEby BENJAMIN SHEARN
I knew it was risky. And almost certainly... illegal? Echoes of a past scandal concerning Pee-Wee Herman and a movie theater and Florida rattled around somewhere in the muddle of memory.
And yet... I proceeded... slowly... outwardly covering my guilt with nonchalance. A tan windbreaker slipped off the back of my seat onto my lap - adjustments were made, both physical and psychological.
August 14, 2020
ACTORS ARE IDOLS:JAMES SPADERby AMANDA KRAMER
I’m often shit on for my Hollywood People-Worshipping of white straight men. It’s wildly out of fashion, I guess, especially for a woman like me. You don’t know me, but you’ll have to trust that no one around me wants to hear about how much I adore this popular actor or that rich actor.
Anyway fuck fashion: I LOVE JAMES SPADER.
July 15, 2020
WELCOME TO THE END OF OPINIONby BENJAMIN SHEARN
This moment, the moment you’re reading these words, right now, whenever that may be, is – and yes, this is quite official – the End of Opinion.
The commonplace qualitative model of judgement, that tedious vertical Good-Bad binary, is now as unimportant as your vague reasoning for why The Lobster just “didn’t work for you.”