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  • Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces

    Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces

    Always excited to reenter the world of Twin Peaks, but this was more interesting as a glimpse of how Lynch works than as a revelatory addition to an otherwise perfect film.

  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

    Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

    Brief thoughts from my third viewing:

    This time around I really vibed with the after school special aspect of its cosmos, not just the Sirkian melodrama or the KISS ME DEADLY overtones of secrets out of reach. The Bush and Reagan era climate of "do you know where your kids are" and the war on drugs relegated to parents concerned with smoking cigarettes, oblivious to the dark and dangerous worlds that the parents create.

    The amalgamation of white new age…

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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…

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    I’m genuinely surprised by how beautiful and visually interesting the first hour of this film is. I say without hyperbole that it recalled for me Murnau’s Faust, not to compare Snyder to such a master, but hear me out: the film moves seamlessly from instances of photorealism to dreamlike abstraction. The visual and emotional landscape leaps from dreams and legends and fantasies and realities. These moments fold into each other; the lines are blurred. These moments are the highlights of…