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  • The Meyerowitz Stories

    The Meyerowitz Stories

    a film and filmmaker this insufferably dull has no business making fun of feminist student films. Pagina Man > The Meyerowitz Stories. Seriously tho, Candice Bergen was mesmerizing in her one scene and most of the performances were incredible.

  • Transformers: The Last Knight

    Transformers: The Last Knight

    Everything is mutable and constantly mutating: forms, bodies, terrain, history, time, and political orientations. The old Lacanian reading of Hitchcock is that everything happens to unite a heterosexual couple and well, there's that too. Two bodies, or rather a grouping of a family made up of disparate and discarded parts much like the Transformers themselves, struggle to build a foundation and connections while everything swirls around them. This is one enormous chase sequence: Jurassic Park the film as ride on…

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  • HyperNormalisation

    HyperNormalisation

    Ultimately, Curtis’ argument is that the oversimplification of complex problems breeds oversimplified solutions, and when these overly simple solutions are implemented—often violently—they produce unintended consequences that further complicate the calculus. I would like to keep this front and center, because while Curtis has many aesthetic and methodological weaknesses, the framing of his thesis remains sound, even if he himself is not fully beholden to it. The case for complexity is a flexible position, one that does not divide political and…

  • Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

    Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

    'Fake realism is the escapist literature of our time' - Ursula Le Guin

    It is the things that are most despised in the prequel trilogy that are its revelations—deliberate signaling of intent—that mark the prequels as different films and unique works of the American cinema. Among the most essential of the many infamous failures of The Phantom Menace is the “taxation of trade routes”—that single phrase that moves a franchise from the realm of fantasy into a cosmos of political…