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

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  • The Blue Angel

  • The Devil Is a Woman

  • The Scarlet Empress

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  • Morocco

    Morocco

    When I set out to watch all of the Sternberg/Dietrich films it was my intention to write up capsules on each one. But I never got past Morocco. Or rather, with each film I returned to Morocco. Each film from Dishonored to The Devil is a Woman became for me an accumulative process the illuminated further the majesty of Morocco. Morocco, for me, is the zenith of their collaborative efforts, yet it should be noted that not a single one…

  • RRR

    RRR

    Rajamouli seems to me one of the great contemporary filmmakers of sweeping transformation. The historical epic here and in the Bāhubali films is not simply a protracted hero's journey or a traditional action film on a grand scale, but a chronicle of shifting terrain and allegiances. Circumstances constantly force the heroes to change, adapt, and then reflect and reassess. The sense of movement and momentum recalled for me the works of both Scorsese and Bay. Similar to Scorsese, Rajamouli is…

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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…