The Lost City of P
“[Wang Bing] crystallises all the tensions within a historical configuration.”
– Georges Didi Huberman
“The crystal thus indicates the point at which the immanence of virtual and actual reaches a kind of purity, the point at which the process of actualisation (where virtual causes actual) and the process of looping back (where actual affects virtual) become indiscernible.” (59)
“[T]he Aionic present is not a moment in or of time, it is the introduction of time as such; time does not…
The existence of Justice League, in the form that the world has seen it, cannot be understood without the reaction to Batman v Superman (BvS) as context. At the heart of this reaction lies Armond White’s basically correct diagnoisis that the “culture has lost appreciation for the true aesthetics of cinema”. He further develops his point by arguing that this is a condition that has been preyed upon by artless studios to the point that those to whom a film…
There's a certain overstatement in the elucidation of Doctor Strange's successes, as one might find them here and elsewhere. The chief and only truly justifiable ambition that could be attributed to the film is its visual style. For when, on the few occasions that Strange really does something (e.g. when it folds a city about itself, or has a building eat a person), it is surely at its most interesting.
Yet, this particular ambition—and calling it an ambition is generous…