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  • Phantom

    Phantom

    Blue is for dreams, yellow for schemes. more

  • The Post

    The Post

    It's strange to see such an under-formalized work from the master. This plays like a collection of well-staged moments, but overall it has no feel or vision about itself. I admire the decision to view these historical events from the perspective of The Post (hey, there's your Spielbergian P.O.V.) rather than the assumed Times newsroom or even Ellsberg and his contacts. This seems to me the greatest effort of the film, focusing on the responses of those outside of the…

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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…