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  • Q: Into the Storm

    Q: Into the Storm

    The degree to which this coterie of fringe-dwelling misfits gained traction is rather astounding, especially as it is cast in the light of its own flimsy assumptions and misbegotten logic. All the while, the political roadmap for Republicans in the United States increasingly relies upon a combination of antiquated electoral maps, gerrymandering districts, and disenfranchising as many BIPOC Americans as possible with strictures that harken back to Jim Crow. Sidelong to these flagrantly anti-democratic efforts, the absurdist theatre called "Q"…

  • Johnny Got His Gun

    Johnny Got His Gun

    Coming to this film without expectation or having much knowledge of its content, it is striking how unusual it is, a completely idiosyncratic blend of Hollywood convention and stark German expressionism. "Johnny Got His Gun" is the sort of cinematic experience that will haunt you, partly for the severity of its subject but also because it is difficult to reconcile with any tradition in which one may be tempted to place it. I must also confess that prior to viewing…

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  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Permission Granted: The Low Hanging Fruit of Tarantino's Revisionism

    What is accomplished with the revisionism that plays out in Tarantino's work? As with Inglourious Basterds (2009), the Director's most recent fairytale selects historical villains that very few would defend on any level. Place the antagonists from the two films side-by-side and what we see replicated is an over-determined fantasy trope. The formula is simple, let us project the most violent comeuppance onto the most detested of figures; Adolf Hitler and…

  • We Come as Friends

    We Come as Friends

    An indictment of foreign interests that continue to colonize and exploit the besieged people of South Sudan, following them into independence with empty rhetoric and Western and Eastern double-speak. At one point Hubert Sauper's camera bears witness to a humongous land lease acquisition of 600,000 hectares for $25,00.00 USD, as one of the locals reads the contract enumerating the rights to timbre, water, agro-business, and of course oil, natural gas and any hydrocarbons. This swindle was declared and then concluded…