Textual promiscuity is not a crime

DISCUSSED: Richard Kelly’s fall from critical grace / the incomprehensible storyline of “Southland Tales” / Michel Foucault’s concept of heterotopia / Justin Timberlake lip-syncing to The Killers / the experimental convolution of a scene in which a fake policeman meets a real policeman who may be fake

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Love in all its horror

DISCUSSED: The difference between Jewish and Christian romantic comedies / why the cinematic myth of ideal love is as strong as ever / the drama of everyday things in “Twilight” / how Bella’s character is more sexually progressive than Buffy / how Alain Badiou describes love / Bill Condon’s experience as a horror director / addressing feminist concerns about “Twilight”

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Making a spectacle of montage: Christopher Nolan picks up where the Russians left off

DISCUSSED: What makes cinema unique? / narrative incoherence in “The Dark Knight Rises” / an argument for Eisenstein’s cinema over Bazin’s / the importance of montage in Christopher Nolan’s films / the musicality of montage

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The true horror of Prometheus

DISCUSSED: Charlize Theron investing the word “father” with all the weight of the universe / the ongoing tension in Hollywood cinema between narrative and spectacle / the idea that a narrative is mimetic of the human condition / a computer marvelling at computer generated imagery / the absence of humanity in “Prometheus”

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The aesthetics of touch

A review of “Lore”, directed by Cate Shortland.

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The schlock doctrine

A review of “Dredd”, directed by Pete Travis.

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A moment, against the turning of the earth

A review of “Breaking Bad”, Season 5, Episode 7 (“Say My Name”), directed by Thomas Schnauz.

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Let them eat crab

A review of “Beasts of the Southern Wild”, directed by Benh Zeitlin.

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A girl and her future self walk into a cinema

A review of “Looper”, directed by Rian Johnson.

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