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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

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 pissed off about the celebration of International Women’s Day. She thinks the idea to celebrate Women’s Day is good, but 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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On Booting Cruz and Hawley From the Senate

There have been a few calls for the expulsion of Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley from the Senate, or even their arrest. When other members of Congress are pushing for it, it’s important to consider what precedent this would set. … Continue reading

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Films Seen In 2020 Part 8

This is a conclusion to a series of observations on films I’ve seen in 2020 year. While writing this, I did see a similar list on a financial blog by a writer who does a good job succinctly summarizing 30+ … Continue reading

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Movies Watched in 2020 Part 7: Halloween Horror

This is a continuation of observations on films I’ve watched this year, although I’m making a bit of a detour for Halloween. Every now and then, I’ve participated in challenges to watch 13 horror (or at least horror-adjacent) movies in … Continue reading

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