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  • Ambulance

    Ambulance

    The star of the show is clearly the use of drones, a tool that is far overdue for a revitalization. And what they do here is transform Bay’s sense of spatial logic and cohesion. Ambulance is a film deeply invested in contemporary methods of constructing coherence from fragmentation. In every sequence the drones swirl around a location, stitching together the spatial logic while in motion, creating an effect of real-time rendering. Geolocation, satellite imagery, and a collage of user-made images…

  • Bāhubali 2: The Conclusion

    Bāhubali 2: The Conclusion

    My initial impressions are that the first film is better, but maybe it's unfair to compare (I could be missing the unique flavors of part 2). Part 1 has more visual motifs that I found interesting, like inorganic icons of nature touched by natural elements (the golden lion helmet sprayed with blood, the white hands of a statue cupping a real flower), and the ways that the first moved in and out of totally different landscapes felt more fluid to…

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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…