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  • Ready Player One

    Ready Player One

    "Jim used to say the Oasis was never supposed to be a one player game"

    future culture defined by the tastes of one nostalgic nerd stuck in his childhood bedroom in the 1980s who now, as creator and controller of "the world's most important economic resource", is stagnating culture by homogenising it with his own tastes, stored in libraries and lived through experience — 60 year old references referred to as "pop culture". Where are we supposed to go from…

  • Sully

    Sully

    "i'm anxious, and i'm alone, and... not enough sleep"
    "yeah, i know, not a lot of sleep around here, either"

    Third time seeing this, and what stood out to me this time was how phone conversations between Hanks and Linney are shot. At first, Eastwood emphasises the distance between them caused by Hanks' need to stay in New York for the investigation. He's busy, and can barely find time to talk to her. Initially, for Hanks it's night time while…

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  • Blackhat

    Blackhat

    I guess I missed how down and dirty this is first time round - a movie about cyber-terrorism in which a hacker scratches around in the dirt to find information; the violence and suffering of every death is highlighted with lingering close-ups/slo-mo; an online conversation with a terrorist (who could be anywhere in the world) escalates into a knife-fight with a gang in a bar in less than 10 seconds. This isn't a world that exists only online. It's real,…

  • La Cérémonie

    La Cérémonie

    "I feel sorry for you"

    one of the great films about manipulation and belittlement: nonchalantly throwing a dirtied tissue back at the person who provided it without saying thank you; offering to drive someone into town as if it's the noblest thing in the world; finding out someone can't read and instinctively offering to teach them. The rich family treat Sandrine Bonnaire's maid with such casual disdain and dehumanising pity that it's no wonder she's drawn to the chaos of…