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  • Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

    Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

    ★★★★½

    As the ever-brilliant Mike Thorn and Neil Bahadur have already extensively gone over (elsewhere than the links as well) the context of film history and technology Star Wars undertakes, hopefully I can add something more relevant to my own focus: its metaformal modality and those accompanying contemporaneous politics.

    If I can hope to first briefly distill here the most relevant points made by Mike, Neil, and my other VA comrades, formally, the prequels' digital innovation is both a conduit of…

  • Cashback

    Cashback

    Fascinating in its singular (or singled out) repugnance, Cashback would be very easy to throw in the trash. Those who feel art is for use in exhibiting proper social values to the unwashed masses are the most wont to shun such films as this: those which exhibit and do not interrogate political immoralities such as, in this case, sexism. Odd, as Cashback should be an instance where the usefulness of honestly bigoted art is made clear.

    A single perspective piece…

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  • Booksmart

    Booksmart

    ½

    The definitive liberal gen x vision of gen z. While boomers are disgusted with the youth, gen x has more of an affinity for at least "sanctioned rebellion". Having witnessed white men's coalescence into an oppressed group during the AIDS crisis, a defining "voice of the generation" in Kurt Cobain, Gen X likes to think it's in touch with its inner activist/child, which it patronizingly conflates. Thus we get Booksmart, a clusterfuck collision of the worst trends in both comedy…

  • The Souvenir

    The Souvenir

    ★★½

    Yawn!

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  • R.I.P.D.

    R.I.P.D.

    ★½

    I still haven't seen Seven Samurai.

  • Caché

    Caché

    ★★★★★

    This is from an assignment from my Art Philosophy class, hence why I mostly talk about the opening shot. I got an A.

    I often argue for the importance of context in art, and this is one of the ultimate uses of it in film. The opening shot of Michael Haneke’s brilliant film Caché is at first mundane, then terrifying as it recurs throughout the film. It didn’t need to be artfully framed to serve its purpose perfectly and at…