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  • Germany Year Zero

    ★★★★½

  • House of Games

    ★★★½

  • Inland Empire

    ★★★½

  • The Night

    ★★½

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  • Germany Year Zero

    Germany Year Zero

    ★★★★½

    What makes this film a work of realism? We should not try to locate the reason in the mannerisms of the actors, nor the style with which it has been shot and directed, but rather with the mode of representation that brings to light, or expresses, the affections that determine "attitudes, or types of behaviour" in an environment. When Bazin spoke of neorealism as the comportment of Rossellini's direction, then, how we must understand this is as an aesthetic and…

  • The Matrix Reloaded

    The Matrix Reloaded

    ★★★½

    So much talk of causality and necessity I was expecting Spinoza to make an appearance.

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  • Can't Get You Out of My Head

    Can't Get You Out of My Head

    ★½

    As with any project approximating this kind of approach to a politico-historical theme, there is a selection of material here that necessarily chooses certain things while leaving other things out. Obviously, there is thus a danger of misrepresentation in how this theme—only ever something partial—is represented as relating to the social totality. This series discusses the failures of revolutionary movements and the destruction of gains made by the labour movements in the West which led to the extension of the…

  • Colossal Youth

    Colossal Youth

    ★★★★★

    We should be thankful that labour is absent from this work of art, that Costa had the kindness and sense not to subject Ventura to representing the labour he has been condemned to in life. A book I have been reading recently, quite a revelatory one, which for the first time has truly illuminated to me the peculiar character and functions of labour in capitalism is Moishe Postone's Time, Labor, and Social Domination. In it, he lays out the way…