Pompeii ★★★★½

probably PWSA's best film: begins with an almost painterly rendering of a brutal exercise of colonial power and then ends with the permanent enshrining into futurity of a romanticized moment of liberation. appropriately, this is unabashedly popular (that is to say, proletarian) cinema, with all the gratuitous exercises in karmic justice and the relegation of actual history to the margins entailed therein. still, despite the tenuous grasp on Roman history this manages to unmask the relationship of spectacle to commerce and power in the imperial core with appreciable concision. idk what else to tell you my dudes it's just fucking great go enjoy this very good movie

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