Nathan Finlayson

Nathan Finlayson

Marxist, MA Film Student and S.L.A.B theory enthusiast

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  • Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

    Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

    ★★★★½

    Let me begin with a criticism, perhaps the only substantial one I actually have of Attack of the Clones . Lucas, like almost every American filmmaker who attempts to conceptualise the Idea of America, falls into the trap of assuming that it ever actually existed. Oddly while rewatching (although perhaps not quite as oddly as I first believed the association to be) I was drawn to a recollection of Ridley Scott's Gladiator , specifically in the way in which the idea…

  • Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

    Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

    ★★★½

    Even if you hate the storyline entirely (which apart from most of the Jar-Jar stuff, I do not), the production design alone designates this as one of the most important films ever made. To this day few films reach this level of texture and vibrancy when computer imagery is concerned.

    The political allegory of the prequels is something that others have covered far more extensively than I could, but I will uphold George Lucas as a strikingly potent political filmmaker. While The Phantom Menace only pokes at the political complexities of the subsequent movies, the seeds it lays are vital, and too often over looked.

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  • Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

    ★★★★★

    Film of the Century.

    I can't quite sum up how I am feeling right now, which for me seems like a dishonest crime. Even though I am unable to formulate anything resembling cohernace, the feeling I have is a familiar one, and that gives some comfort. I have been here before, but I am still struggling to process it. 

    No piece of art is ever an individual experience, and trying to argue as such is rejecting what makes cinema so…

  • Love, Death & Robots: Sonnie's Edge

    Love, Death & Robots: Sonnie's Edge

    ½

    all of these were definitely only made so weird people could draw cartoon boobs