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  • Night at the Crossroads
  • Othello
  • Tout Va Bien
  • Eyes Wide Shut

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  • Old

    Old

    This is me thinking out loud. My immediate response is that OLD feels like it is both Shyamalan's slightest and most emotionally driven work. However, only repeat viewings can lend this position any credence. This is perhaps due to what seems like a suturing together of distinctive elements of his films. OLD parallels THE VILLAGE in two significant ways: an isolated location that's protected and observed for unknown reasons AND a plot that is driven purely by emotional response and…

  • The Exorcist

    The Exorcist

    What I admire the most about this is the way it functions as a crosspollination between the prestige American cinema of the 1970s and the baroque anti-enlightenment horror tradition. The slow-burn elements create a slow unfurling of belief with the methodically and invasive failures of science, all of which is watched by the mother. During the climactic exorcism the mother is shut out of the room; she doesn't see it. The icy creep of ancient beliefs is present and center…

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  • HyperNormalisation

    HyperNormalisation

    Ultimately, Curtis’ argument is that the oversimplification of complex problems breeds oversimplified solutions, and when these overly simple solutions are implemented—often violently—they produce unintended consequences that further complicate the calculus. I would like to keep this front and center, because while Curtis has many aesthetic and methodological weaknesses, the framing of his thesis remains sound, even if he himself is not fully beholden to it. The case for complexity is a flexible position, one that does not divide political and…

  • Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

    Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

    'Fake realism is the escapist literature of our time' - Ursula Le Guin

    It is the things that are most despised in the prequel trilogy that are its revelations—deliberate signaling of intent—that mark the prequels as different films and unique works of the American cinema. Among the most essential of the many infamous failures of The Phantom Menace is the “taxation of trade routes”—that single phrase that moves a franchise from the realm of fantasy into a cosmos of political…