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  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    ★★★★★

    Third viewing. Absolutely wild how snubbed this is after the celebration of Creed. A natural extension of Coogler's termite burrowing into legacy franchise stasis. What Coogler is doing on the molecular level here, constantly inverting genre and metaphor, crafted into a double helix of a film, with two Black Panthers indistinguishable for nearly an entire fight (Coogler is the only director to turn the CGI morass into a fucking symbolic explosion of emotions and politics), constantly moving forward, two figures…

  • Been Busy

    Been Busy

    In 2018 I saw two films that rendered the merciless progression of time in sensual, human terms: I Can No Longer Hear The Guitar and this film.

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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…