Adequately watchable slice-of-life drama that has unfortunately been appropriated by Hollywood's woke myth-making machine, per usual. Discourse-wise, this is more or less Parasite round two -- between its predominantly Asian cast of characters and the media's incessant beating to the #StopAsianHate drum in recent weeks, the stage is quite literally set for the Most Zeitgeist-y contender for this year's Best Picture Oscar. It's honestly kind of telling that quite a few recent movies led by an Asian cast and tell…
It’s safe to say at this point that I’ve mostly outgrown these needlessly exhausting, excruciatingly infantilizing exercises in nothingness. World-conquering megablockbusters preaching against excess and greed, commodifying morality as easily attainable nuggets of wisdom to live by are the last thing we need in this sobering year.
Read my full (spoiler-free) review for The Jakarta Post here.
The logical endpoint of reactionary content creation under late-capitalist hegemony. Look no further than the current reign of Marvel Studios for a clear-cut behavior of the monolithic elite creating the illusion of aesthetic revolution to provide dissenters a bit of a wiggle room in a culture that’s no longer theirs.
When we criticized the film company for its lack of cast diversity, it went on to produce Black Panther. When…