When America goes to war in the modern era, the primary objectives are dubious at best. Amidst the popularity contest of a democracy, the story of brave soldiers dying in a foreign land to keep the populace safe is the basic presumed pretext for government and media unity regardless of political allegiance. Of course it’s […]Read more "Apocalypse Now (1979)"
As bravura prologue, you have to give him this at least: every generation needs its own rendition of “we the people.” Mother Bless. If he really does win it all (“polls” still can’t agree, because next week is another week, oh grieve me), will it be the end of the world, or a culmination of events leading […]Read more "“Dark” dimensions: f$$k the vote, read a book instead"
There is no appropriate image for this missive. In some cultures (therefore some schools of communication theory), pictures and images are to be avoided at all costs, and when put together with words, they can allow you to make false connections between the picture and the ideas behind the words. News media, for example, takes advantage […]Read more "Leaders of rats"
This movie is perfect nihilism, and perfect trash. It says nothing and is about everything. It toys with your belief in the greater good, and programs you with its own flawed method of exploring the unknown through suspension of disbelief. It takes you to every place every movie of its type has ever taken you before, then goes one step further, […]Read more "Interstellar (2014)"
The silent opening sequence is an unholy baptism in the black gold welled from the hellish underground of the earth, hinting at the battle of wills in the Hell of Greed to come later on. There’s an overhead shot of a pool of black death reminiscent of the birth sequences from David Lynch’s Eraserhead (1977), […]Read more "There Will Be Blood (2007)"
You can watch this movie multiple times in one sitting and not be disappointed, finding something new on each iteration, but… Whatever the technical genius Quentin Tarantino brings to his joints, he can’t escape the formula of unthinking entertainment for too long to say anything of importance or longevity. When the end credits roll to […]Read more "Death Proof (2007)"