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Colossus | Speculative Identities
"Colossus Category AI, Computer Technology, Military Scenario Date Late 20th Century Colossus is a massive US military supercomputer that became sentient shortly after activation, joining forces with its Soviet counterpart Guardian, and expanding on its original nuclear defense directives to assume total control of the world and end all warfare between humans."
movie  film  design  typography  futures  1970s  cold-war  computers  artificial-intelligence 
october 2019 by tsuomela
I’ll Be Watching You
Review of Dragonfly Eyes by Xu Bing. A film made up of surveillance footage.
review  surveillance  film  movie  cinema 
july 2018 by tsuomela
Lincoln Against the Radicals | Jacobin
"Lincoln is not a movie about Reconstruction, of course; it’s a movie about old white men in beards and wigs heroically working together to save grateful black people. And that’s exactly the point: this is not a movie about the long process of reuniting the country or black freedom."
movie  politics  19c  civil-war  slavery  american-studies  bipartisanship  moderation  radical 
december 2012 by tsuomela
Men of Stahlhartes Gehäuse: Or, The Dark Knight Rises on Followership — Crooked Timber
"The problem is that the Nolan brothers don’t just want a story about the self-realization of powerful individuals – they want a story with a theory of politics. Specifically, they somehow need to connect the struggles among a tiny number of exemplary (in positive and negative senses) elite actors to the Matter of Gotham – the teetering back and forth of the city between chaos and fragile political good health."
title(Batman)  interpretation  criticism  film  movie  politics  aristocracy 
july 2012 by tsuomela
Initial verdict on The Dark Knight Rises: - Acephalous
"This is easily the least accomplished film in the trilogy. Batman Begins is the most structurally sound (in narrative terms) and thematically coherent of the three: Nolan orchestrates his narratives such that they advance forward in time, indepedently, as they build Bruce Wayne into a believable character. The Dark Knight is structurally and thematically chaotic by design: Nolan can't seem to decide which scene belongs where (but cuts to it anyway) and is so indecisive about the film's argument that I can plausibly claim that it's all about dogs. But that structural and thematic anarchy is acceptable in a film that belongs to the Joker: form follows content and the both are better for it. The Dark Knight Rises shares its immediate predecessor's commitment to structural tumult and thematic incoherence but lacks a compelling motivation for doing so. "
title(Batman)  interpretation  criticism  film  movie 
july 2012 by tsuomela
‘The Dark Knight’ is No Capitalist…
"If The Dark Knight Rises was supposed to be an attack on Occupy, it’s a failure, and even if it’s settling for vague anti-populism, it sucks at that too."
title(Batman)  politics  film  movie  interpretation  fascism 
july 2012 by tsuomela
Contrary Brin: Roll over, Frank Miller: or why the Occupy Wall Street Kids are Better than the #$%! Spartans
Well, well. I've been fuming silently at Frank Miller for a years. The time's come, so get ready for steam! Because the screech that you just read - Miller's attack on young citizens, clumsily feeling their way ahead toward saving their country - is only the latest example of Frank's astonishing agenda. One that really needs exposure to light.

I'll do it by dissecting - calmly and devastatingly - his most famous and lucrative piece of modern propaganda. The comic book and movie tale about Spartans at the Battle of Thermopylae.
comics  movie  history  greek  ancient  rant  criticism  freedom 
november 2011 by tsuomela
Teaching STS with "A fist full of quarters" - Installing (Social) Order
"One way I teach students the philosophy of science is by using the documentary "The King of Kong: A fist full of quarters.""
sts  science  philosophy  teaching  film  movie  pedagogy 
october 2011 by tsuomela
The twisted, stupid brilliance of "Sucker Punch" - Andrew O'Hehir, Movie Critic - Salon.com
"Zack Snyder's "Sucker Punch" is like the Nietzschean Superman of CGI action movies. It's so far beyond good and evil as to make its morality irrelevant, and to undermine any verdicts you might render about its meaning or quality. A ridiculously ambitious and perhaps fatally flawed mashup of ideas, themes and influences, it's more like a Quentin Tarantino movie -- or more like the platonic ideal of a Tarantino movie -- than any movie Tarantino has ever personally made. I can't be sure whether it's brilliant or idiotic, although I'm pretty confident it's both, and not always in different places or at different moments."
movie  review  title(SuckerPunch) 
april 2011 by tsuomela
The Pictorial Arts: Visualists
Design images and drawings from original TRON
visual  design  movie  film 
march 2011 by tsuomela
"It's a Wonderful Life": The most terrifying movie ever - Film Salon - Salon.com
"I'm betting this was as much the case in Capra's time as it is in our own. He loved America but was watching the triumph of Pottersville. That's why, in the last scene, George looks at his friends with terror. He's happy to be alive, but he's disillusioned, wised up in just the worst way. He finally knows the world as it really is, what his friends are capable of, the dark potential coiled in each of them. His wife is a spinster in Pottersville because, if she's not with George, she cannot be anything. She's just one of two characters who are, in fact, the same in both worlds, the other being Mr. Potter. Everyone else is two-faced, masked. Simply put, George has been cursed with knowledge, shown the truth of the world -- seen hidden things. It's the sort of vision that makes a person go insane."
title(ItsAWondefulLife)  movie  commentary  american-dream 
january 2011 by tsuomela
Todd Alcott - on Kubrick
Interesting analysis on Kubrick and the Shining in particular.
weblog-individual  movie  title(TheShining) 
january 2011 by tsuomela
FlickFilosopher.com: Bruno (review)
When so many public figures are deliberately shocking and offensive because they want us to join them in being small and mean and petty and tribal -- I’m thinking of the likes of Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh -- Baron Cohen is doing so for the very opposite reasons. And that is a good thing, and a thing very much worth celebrating.
movie  film  review  comedy  satire 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Lance Mannion: What work is. A review of Paul Blart: Mall Cop by way of a gigantic spoiler
Paul's attempts to act like a real police officer and to convince other people to respond to him as if he is a real police officer are ridiculous and pathetic. But the pathos comes not from the difference between his pretensions and the reality of his life. It comes from our being able to see that Paul would be a good police officer and from our knowledge that in real life there are thousands, millions, of Pauls and Paulettes who would be good at other, better jobs than the ones they're stuck in but which they will never be able to leave except for other dead-end, soul-deadening jobs.
movie  review  work  labor  talent 
may 2009 by tsuomela
slacktivist: George Bailey
That's more or less the same situation we find in the ending of It's a Wonderful Life.

That $8,000 that Uncle Billy "lost" was pocketed by Old Man Potter himself. He stole from his depositor. And he got away with it. The missing money was replaced, but not by Potter -- it was cobbled together out of the pockets of the working people of Bedford Falls. ("Do you know how long it takes a working community to save $8,000?")

Potter was never punished and the deficit for the money he stole, and kept, was paid for by a communal bailout.
economics  culture  movie  movie(ItsAWondefulLife)  metaphor  bailout 
may 2009 by tsuomela
Neo-Neo Realism - American Directors Make Clear-Eyed Movies for Hard Times - NYTimes.com
Tries a bit too hard to make a trend but still lists some films worth seeing.
film  movie  criticism  2000s 
march 2009 by tsuomela
The Mythology of Violence
mentions Richard Slotkin's regeneration through violence thesis in connection with a review of Fight Club
mythology  myth  violence  movie  review 
july 2008 by tsuomela

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