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Jack Graham

Jack Graham writes and podcasts about culture and politics from a Gothic Marxist-Humanist perspective. He co-hosts the I Don't Speak German podcast with Daniel Harper. Support Jack on Patreon.


  1. Dylan Goodluck
    November 8, 2023 @ 9:20 pm

    I think you’re absolutely right that the film is a more clever and insightful than what it was marketed as, and that it probably isolated more people who could appreciate it due to that marketing as a dumb supernatural thriller.

    Just to further back up your criticism: Brahms, as the embodiment of the brutish, hulking violence of capital, ends up being physically more imposing than the cliched working-class version of patriarchal violence, as represented by Cole. The porcelain (itself a suggestive material signifier of effete taste and sophistication, but also being brittle and delicate) mask as the shared face of both the doll Brahms and the real Brahms is excellent symbolism.


  2. HCW
    January 8, 2024 @ 9:23 am

    Curious about your thoughts in the sequel in which the doll somehow returns and has an evil alien inside it


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