I review all... 6 Alien films so far.
Inspired by the politics and philosophy podcast Owls at Dawn, I'm listing my favourite films from each year I've been alive. 1988: They Live Conspiracy theories may be dangerously simplistic explanations of the real world, but they make for great allegorical narrative. Bonus: writer-director John Carpenter is opposed to anti-Semitic interpretations of the film. 1989: … Continue reading Favourite films each year of my life (1988-2017)
We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming for some fanfic. This is supposed to be a movie review blog, but it’s my platform and I’ll ___ if I want to. Fandom: Babylon 5. Genre: Slashfic, crackfic. Pairing: Londo/Vir (couldn’t find any with this pairing, hence Rule 35). Warnings: Lovecraftian Centauri loving, master/slave-ish (but consensual), anti-Narn racism. … Continue reading Rule 35: Londo/Vir slash
Leftist confession: I am not a fan of British social realist cinema (see Ken Loach). It's not that the films are bad. They're mostly pretty good. It's not that I object to their messages - quite the opposite. It's more that too many tell their leftist audience things we already know, in often miserable fashion. … Continue reading Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)
If you want some recommendations, here they are.
Peppermint Candy is told in reverse-chronological order. Viewers may recall a similar device in Memento, released the following year. However, whereas Memento's employment of the device was an initially interesting but ultimately forgettable gimmick, Peppermint Candy's usage enables a deeper historical and psychological resonance. And it is, crucially, the double-level of psychology and history, micro and … Continue reading Peppermint Candy (1999)
An aesthetically beautiful but politically conservative film, proof that good politics and good aesthetics don't always match.