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About Thomas Mets

I’m a comic book fan, wannabe writer, politics buff and New Yorker. I don’t actually follow baseball. In the Estonian language, “Mets” simply means forest, or lousy sports team. You can email me at mistermets@gmail.com

Films Seen in 2021 Part 6

This is a continuation of observations on films I’ve seen this year. For this group, I added four sub-challenges: five movies by female directors, five Russian movies, five Shakespeare adaptations and five movies that were nominated for Academy Awards last … Continue reading

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Judicial Philosophy

One thing I’ve observed when listening to discussions about policy on conservative and progressive podcasts, or reading articles about the matter, is that conservatives tend to care about legal rationale, while progressives focus more on results. This got me thinking … Continue reading

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Films Seen In 2021 Part 5

This is a continuation of notes on films I’ve seen this year. For this batch, I’ve had a few sub-goals: five French films, five films from AFI’s list of the funniest movies ever, five films by actor-directors and because I’ve realized … Continue reading

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Baltic Modernist Films Seen In 2021

I’m going in a slightly different direction for the posts about films I’ve seen this year, as The Anthology Film Archives is making a collection of Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian films available on Vimeo for the next week and a … Continue reading

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Critical Race Theory

In a recent episode of the New York Times podcast The Argument, there was a discussion about the use of critical race theory in schools, with linguist John McWhorter taking the anti-CRT position, and Michelle Goldberg suggesting that the real … Continue reading

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Films Seen in 2021 Part 3

This is a continuation of notes on films I’ve seen this year. For this batch, I’ve had a few sub-goals: five films from Arrow’s streaming service, five films nominated for Academy Awards this year (this was later changed to five … Continue reading

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Why My Mom Hates International Women’s Day

My mom is rather upset about the celebration of International Women’s Day. She thinks the idea to celebrate Women’s Day is good, but that there’s a history behind March 8 that makes it particularly awkward for her as someone who … Continue reading

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Films Seen In 2021 Part 2

This is a continuation of notes on films I’ve seen this year. For this batch, I’ve had a few sub-goals: five films by black directors to coincide with black history month, five films nominated for Critics Choice awards this year, … Continue reading

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Should Moderates Leave the Republican Party?

Right now, there’s a discussion about whether decent people should leave the Republican party. I’m not sure the implications have been fully considered. Personally, I’m remaining a Republican in order to be able to vote for better candidates in future primaries. … Continue reading

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Films Seen in 2021 Part 1

As was the case last year, I’m keeping track of the films I watch. I’m not going to recordg what year they came out, although I will note the format. For this group I added a sub-challenge: ten movies that … Continue reading

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