Cedric B.

Cedric B.

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Favorite films

  • Zodiac
  • The House That Jack Built
  • The Pillow Book
  • Candyman

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  • Danger: Diabolik

  • White Squall

  • Willy's Wonderland

  • Sansho the Bailiff

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  • Cruella

    Cruella

    There are some definite oddities here, resulting from both the textural elements affixed to an on-rails revenge narrative and all the over-determinative story elements trying to interpose a good/evil existential question between the two stages of character transformation that already existed at the basic level. If I like one thing about villain origin stories it's that it mostly shifts the traditional Hollywood narrative away from transcending the good/evil opposition represented by an external figure (a villain) and toward the plot…

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  • Danger: Diabolik

    Danger: Diabolik

    Consists of a heist triumvirate where the object in each case represents a different impossibility: invisible, unavoidable, then incommensurable -- but it's always a sublime distillation of commodity to-be-plucked from its substance (fetish) and rendered material-thus-unsubstantial, economically speaking.

    Diabolik itself, by being that dangerous possibility and inevitable failure of the suspension of the impossible, makes the heist-object poke out. Such is the condition of the heist movie narrative.

  • White Squall

    White Squall

    a great case of how merely extending, and mourning in its empty aftermath, the ideological project beyond its tragic, already-in-its-genesis endpoint turns that same inevitable violence into the very legitimation of its inception as an exception to the social. Extra patriarchal and extrapatriarchal.

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  • Nathan for You: Finding Frances

    Nathan for You: Finding Frances

    Maci, a hired escort: It's kinda weird having cameras around, right?
    Nathan Fielder: We could turn them off if you want.
    M: laughs Could we?
    NF: Do you want to?
    M: Does that defeat the purpose?
    NF: What's the purpose?
    M: You're filming something. It's kinda the purpose, right?
    ...
    NF: We do have this drone. It'd be cool to get a drone shot, maybe.

    Nathan Fielder's just fucking brilliant TV show has always been built around the similitudes between…

  • Sicario

    Sicario

    There are a few things you will see many crime thrillers have in common. Among them are the ominous aerial shots, night-vision photography, and scenes operating with only a single limited light source. Denis Villeneuve no doubt uses all three of these, but it is the subtle impressionist inflections he adds to them which sets this film far apart. I am going to focus on his aerial shots for two reasons: One, they especially stand out for their exceptional ability…