The words “first do no harm” do not apply to unruly bodies.

Roxane Gay, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body

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Pipe Wrench no. 5
January 2022
The Movie Theater Issue

FEATURE PRESENTATION

SHORTS

The House Lights Will Come Down Again
an ode to fear, by s.e. smith

Nicole Kidman’s AMC Theaters Ad: The Extended Version
an ad we’d love to see, by Mia Mercado

A Film and/is a Prayer
a cinematic supplication, from Naz Riahi

In the Dark, I’m Not Fat and You’re Not Mean
a stroll through memory, with Michelle Weber

A Corn Allergy? In This Economy?
a corny discovery, by Arikia Millikan

NOW PLAYING

Pipe Wrench no. 5
January 2022
The Movie Theater Issue

FEATURE PRESENTATION

SHORTS

The House Lights Will Come Down Again
an ode to fear by s.e. smith

Nicole Kidman’s AMC Theaters Ad: The Extended Version
an ad we’d love to see by Mia Mercado

A Movie and/is a Prayer
a cinematic supplication from Naz Riahi

In the Dark, I’m Not Fat and You’re Not Mean
a walk through memory from Michelle Weber

A Corn Allergy? In This Economy?
a corny discovery by Arikia Millikan

The Thrifty Moviegoer’s Fashion Guide
an instructive comic from Sarah Oh

A Palace for the People
a popcorn revolt with Rebecca May Johnson

The Projectionist
a road no longer open to Corey Atad

SERIALS

Popcorn, and a Circumcision
Breai Mason-Campbell

BONUS FEATURES

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The Late-Nite Special:
A Medium Bucket of Popcorn Trivia

January 19th is National Popcorn Day. Plan your observance accordingly.

Need fun family Popcorn Day activities? If you try Popcorn Air Hockey, please send video.

Wise words from TikTok: “The medium is always a scam.” Plus: your buttering woes, solved.

Counterpoint: save cash at the theater by “using your kid as a candy mule.”

The world’s only popcorn museum is still only the
7th most popular attraction in Marion, Ohio.

Your popcorn is too damn expensive because of
a SCOTUS case from 1948.

The Power Pops are “an elite team of popcorn superheroes who all work for the good of the popcorn crop.” Stay on your toes, Marvel.

Act II pops the most efficiently according to a very scientific study. Citations include “My Mom.”

Netflix, chill, and charge your friends $9.

Make your own ranked grid of movie theater snacks. Compare with your friends! Gloat in your rightness!

“I’m not a real film buff. Unfortunately, I don’t have time. I just don’t go. And I become very nervous when I go to a film because I worry so much about the director and it is hard for me to digest my popcorn.”

David Lynch

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Ghost Acres

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Apocalypse, Now?