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  • Jules and Jim

    Jules and Jim


    In another world, Jules and Jim might have had an idyllic life, perhaps as eternal bachelor friends, or perhaps as lovers. Instead, into their lives storms Catherine, maelstrom of and frivolity and fraught, a third wheel wrecking ball equally caged by a society that demands from her children and domesticity. Perhaps a pessimistic metaphor for life itself, promise and optimism weighed down by responsibilities and a realization of one’s own limitations.

    It's fine to want to rediscover the laws for human life, but how practical it must be to conform to existing ones. We gambled with the sources of life and lost.

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  • Lola Montès

    Lola Montès


    Celebrities whose fame flows from transgression expose the repression at the core of civilized society, a society that had no patience for rule-breakers. So it is that Lola Montès, muse to composer and king alike, is ultimately forced to end her life performing it over and over for an audience willing to pay just to touch her—a ferocious creature trapped in a cage, fawned over by prurient men who desire what they cannot have, and ultimately do not want. 

    No one frightens me.

  • Damsels in Distress

    Damsels in Distress


    Oh that experimental time that is college—perhaps the last opportunity before adulthood sets in to reinvent yourself, try on new ideals, invent a dance craze. Operating in its own heightened reality, where looming expectations of professional success seemingly don’t exist, Stillman’s sendup of campus life on some unnamed elite university lands blow after blow despite never being mean spirited. On the contrary, these characters are presented with such empathy and care that it is sometimes unclear whether they’re being satirized or…

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  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049


    A thick, grimy, smog floats endlessly above a decaying city at an evolutionary tipping point—we had a good run, but our decadent tastes proved, in the end, to be our downfall. It’s fitting that we are to be replaced by the help—those soulless slaves wistfully named after primitive emotions long since forgotten (Joi, Luv, etc)—and, for the time being at least, they seem to embody a kind of virtue not seen since the early years of our reign of terror on…

  • Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Zack Snyder's Justice League


    The reason we're here is almost too ridiculous not to note at the outset: an unlikely confluence of mob (ahem: fan) clamoring and pandemic-fueled financial incentives laid the grounds to empower an artist to realize their vision, completely unfettered and with full studio support. It's certainly something to celebrate, even if the results are decidedly less than excellent.

    I think what most interests me about ZSJL is the polarization it (and the rest of Snyder's oeuvre) inspires, since, to me,…