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Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae Are That Annoying Couple in "The Lovebirds"

They can always find a reason to fight—but that's part of their charm

The opening sequence of Netflix's new romcom mystery, The Lovebirds, gives us glimpses of the first sparks of romance.

After a magical first date Jibran (Silicon Valley's Kumail Najiani) and Leilani (Insecure's Issa Rae) can't stop smiling, and they can't seem to leave each other's sides. But after a few moments of that early relationship bliss, we are transported four years into the future, when they are living together and have officially become that couple.

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"Uncut Gems" Is a Beautiful Feel-Bad Movie

Now available on Netflix fo f*ck you up.

Uncut Gems is the most uncomfortable, stress-inducing film I've maybe ever seen, and it's really, really good.

I had no preconceived notions about this film going in, except it's "supposed to be good" and stars Adam Sandler. It was an odd choice for my dad to want to see it, given he generally hates Sandler's movies. Luckily for him, the former SNL cast member's portrayal of Howard "Howie" Ratner is unlike anything audiences have ever seen him do before. It's not surprising that there is already Oscar buzz surrounding his performance.

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On the "TFW NO GF" Documentary: The Intersectionality of White Men

When it comes to white men, intersectionality oftentimes seems forgotten.

The most popular modern documentaries oftentimes feel like a bastardization of reality TV.

Netflix's wildly successful Tiger King, for instance, crafts a spiraling narrative around the subculture of American big cat collectors, turning two of the community's most prominent players—Joe Exotic and "That B*tch" Carole Baskin—into larger than life characters. It's incredibly entertaining, but the obvious directorial influence on the subjects makes it hard to categorize as entirely truthful or non-sensationalist. Then again, Tiger King's goal isn't to inform. It's to entertain.

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