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I hope this finds you well.

By the time you read this, we’ll be rounding the bend on five months of quarantine in LA. Five months. I don’t think I’ve committed to anything in my life for five whole months, against my will or not. Regardless, I think this calls for a little celebration.

I think we should also celebrate the fact that I got up today and that I’m sitting at my desk wearing honest-to-goodness pants. My roommates probably appreciate that at the very least. …

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A couple days ago, I did what everyone else was doing and threw on the new Hulu comedy Palm Springs to give myself something to do. First of all, it’s fantastic. Go kill an afternoon with it. But to the point, it reminds me a lot of where we find ourselves right now. Four and a half months is an awfully long time to pause our lives, even in the service of culling a global disaster. Yet it simultaneously feels like no time at all, like we chose the most tedious way to time travel into the future. Or maybe…

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005) and a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster

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Time moves at a glacial pace in quarantine. Or maybe it speeds by until the days pass in a perpetual blur of semi-twilight. It’s hard to tell anymore. This past week simultaneously flew and crawled by. My apartment existed in a temporal haze; a place unmoored from the fabric of time. When there’s no place to be, nothing that demands your attention, and no indication that the eternal purgatory will end, there’s little holding you in place.

We’re all going through this together. Coronavirus has presented a generational challenge that tore back the fabric of our society. But sometimes that…

Akira (1988) and a Hemorrhage Shot

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As the weather heats up and we start peaking our pale, sun-starved faces into the light, it’s important to note that we aren’t out of the woods yet. The viral disaster that sent us burrowing into our bedrooms persists despite the summertime vistas lulling us into a false sense of security. Instead of blowing all the progress we’ve made on a foolhardy mad rush to the beach, let’s instead crack open a lavender lemonade and count our blessings. This could be worse. Much worse. Nuclear holocaust worse.

Picture an alternate 1989, one in which your beloved narrator wasn’t born and…

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) and Guzzolene

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I’ve said it before and I’ll probably say it a million more times before I’m old, grey, and my grandkids protest that I’m repeating myself again. Mad Max: Fury Road deserved to win the Best Picture Oscar in 2015. Does anyone properly remember what movie managed to usurp it? NOTE: I’m aware it was Spotlight, but even Morgan Freeman seemed to think that was a mistake.

Mortal Engines (2018) and an Algae Ration

© Pedro Isaac Chairez, 2020

In the first days of quarantine, I found myself only a few steps up from catatonic. The world around me changed so fast and I felt powerless to stop it. My livelihood as a production sound mixer? Poof! Gone. My ability to distract myself at my favorite coffee shop of bar? Vanished. Getting a physical release at the gym or on a hiking trail? Forget about it. Everything was snatched away one after the other until the four walls of my apartment became my whole universe. So, I lay in the dark day after day, blackout shades drawn, drifting in…

A Practical Book of Cocktails and Movies for the End Times

© Pedro Isaac Chairez, 2020

This morning, I woke up and did the same thing I do every day. I showered. I brushed my teeth. I combed my hair. I washed my hands. I made breakfast. I washed my hands. I put on a face mask. I washed my hands again.

That’s what my new normal looks like in 2020. It probably looks a lot like yours too. Covid-19 might not be the humanity-ending catastrophe predicted in 28 Days Later, I Am Legend, or the quirky FOX sitcom Last Man on Earth, but it still made quick work of shattering life as we know it…

As we say goodbye to the decade, it’s time to count the ways that 2019 made us slightly less depressed. Besides Baby Yoda, there are thirty…

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Another year gone, passing like a blur on the highway. Through all the hellfire of 2019, perhaps the biggest miracle was that it ended so soon. Heck, this whole decade flew like pages of a flipbook. Gone are the Obama years, Taylor Swift’s synonymity with country stardom, the credibility of the news, and the time when listening to KPop meant smashing the repeat button on “Gangnam Style” for the billionth time. As 2019 comes to an end today, it closes the book on this strange historical blip we’ve called the 2010’s — as full as they were of cat memes…

Why do we believe the things that we do? We’re a race of talking apes that through some accident of evolution are capable of unlocking the mysteries of the universe, building massive wonders of engineering, connecting with everyone else in the world through little boxes in our pockets. We can fly for fuck’s sake. So why, as admittedly intelligent as we collectively are as a species (barring the cast of every YouTube Fail and Darwin Award recipient), do we insist on believing the unprovable?

I live in Los Angeles, which has exposed me to a lot of the pink pastel…

“I’m not saying I don’t believe you…” Deb took her time with the words, pausing to run a finger around the lip of her mug. “Wait, that’s exactly what I’m saying.”

“I’m telling you, it was surreal.”

She rolled her eyes. “Your mom was the security guard. Doesn’t she live in like Wyoming or something?”

“Look, I don’t understand it either.”

“Can I speak frankly, Mike?” She swiveled on the couch to make full eye contact. “I think you’re looking at years of shitty behavior finally rearing up and biting you in the brain stem. …

Anthony Kozlowski

Sound Recordist // Journalist // Podcast Host

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