AK's Reviews

For easier navigation there are tables of all my read/reviewed Books, Films, and Video Games

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Film Review: Traitors (Предатели)

Where did it all go wrong in Russia? Maria Pevchikh explains how liberal “reformers” and oligarchs looted the Russian state, and then appointed a corrupt, nondescript Chekist to power to guarantee their own immunity and ill-gotten gains.

Film Review: Oppenheimer

Oppenheimer (2023) ★★★

Although Oppenheimer is a solid and historically accurate film, it is overly long – making its missed opportunities all the more glaring – and the key dramatic tension rests on speculation that was considered entirely fictional long before 1945.

Film Review: Barbie

Barbie (2023) ★★★★★

This might be a “Woke” film, but it is Wokeness with a human cafe.

Film Review: Wheel of Time S01

Wheel of Time: Season 1 (2022) ★

Rafe’s adaptation of Robert Jordan’s world of eternal return keeps your eyes glued to the screen just on account of how utterly bad and cringe it is.

Book Review: Michel Houellebecq – Submission

Michel Houellebecq – SUBMISSION (2015) Rating: 4/5 You can access all of my latest book, film, and video game reviews at this link, as well as an ordered, categorized list of all my book reviews and ratings here: https://akarlin.com/books Finally read Houellebecq’s Submission a few weeks ago, filling in a major and hitherto embarrassing lacuna. He is a master […]

Film Review: Leviathan (2014)

LEVIATHAN (2014) Rating: 2/5   Finally watched this major Cannes hit, and understood why it was so popular with the “professional” critics, if not quite as much with normies (Metacritic: 92% vs. 73%; Rotten Tomatoes: 98% vs. 80%). No redeeming characters. Main “hero” is a boorish, highly unlikable, impulsive, and violent alcoholic. His wife is a whore […]

Film Review: Cuties (2020)

CUTIES (2020) Rating: 3/5 You can access all of my latest book, film, and video game reviews at this link, as well as an ordered, categorized list of all my film reviews and ratings here: https://akarlin.com/films   The creepy conservative obsession with pedophilia is just bizarre. It reminds me of the feminist obsession with rape. […]

Film Review: Contagion (2011)

CONTAGION (2011) Rating: 4/5 You can access all of my latest book, film, and video game reviews at this link, as well as an ordered, categorized list of all my book reviews and ratings here: https://akarlin.com/films Contagion (2011), which I watched in February – my only film so far this year – chronicles the spread of an […]

Book Review: Richard Lynn – Race Differences in Psychopathic Personality

Richard Lynn – RACE DIFFERENCES IN PSYCHOPATHIC PERSONALITY (2019) Rating: 5/5 TLDR: Global survey of racial differences in psychopathic personality confirms the standard Rushtonian pattern of Negroids < Caucasoids < Mongoloids on the r/K life history scale. You can access all of my latest book, film, and video game reviews at this link, as well as […]

Film Review: The Joker

THE JOKER (2019) Rating: 5/5 You can access all of my latest book, film, and video game reviews at this link, as well as an ordered, categorized list of all my film reviews and ratings here: https://akarlin.com/films The Joker seems to be all things to all people. Tyler Cowen believes it is “the most anti-Leftist […]

Game Review: UnderRail

UNDERRAIL (2015) Rating: 5/5 You can access all of my latest book, film, and video game reviews at this link, as well as an ordered, categorized list of all my video game reviews and ratings here: https://akarlin.com/games WARNING: SPOILERS. UnderRail is an isometric turn-based RPG set in the deep future, long after an unspecified disaster has […]

Book Review: Arthur K. Kroeber – China’s Economy

Arthur K. Kroeber – CHINA’S ECONOMY (2016) Rating: 4/5 TLDR: Comprehensive and very readable overview of Chinese economy from a China expert, with especially useful discussions on Chinese SOE’s, financial system, and the validity of Chinese economic statistics (spoiler: They’re fine). Learned some interesting new things from it, despite having already read a considerable amount on […]