It Always Rains on Ben Affleck: Short Movie Reviews

The Leopard: Burt Lancaster is the patriarch of an aristocratic Sicilian family whose role in society is inevitably being usurped by the rising middle class during the period of Italian unification. Directed in sun-soaked autumnal shade and color by Caravaggio--I mean, Visconti.Lancaster is so good at these autumnal roles (The Swimmer) and everything here is gorgeous to look at. My favorite social or psychological note was the complex role played by the Church/the family priest. The … [Read more...]

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“Rolling Down to Old Maui”: The Dreadnoughts

Somewhere in my skull there's a room where this is always playing: … [Read more...]

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Colonialism Isn’t Just a River in Egypt, You Know: “A Fan’s Notes”

on white supremacy as a form of "I like thinking about it" addictive denial. All the racial stuff in this book is really fascinating. IMO this specific passage gains power from the cartoonishness of the black characters--they're fantasy figures dancing through the sickened imaginations of the (also cartoony) white man--although at least one of the black characters in AFN is only as cartoonish as the whites. Anyway there's so much in this passage about the nature of white racial fantasy, … [Read more...]

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Sweet Smell of Success

I just watched a commercial for... something involving "4G," not sure what... which showed a man talking to a small group of little children. "Which is better: playing basketball in a huge stadium, or playing basketball in a little driveway?""Stadium!" a little girl answers."Why is that?""Because there's more room for the fans!""Do you have a lot of fans?"She thinks about it and then says, "Yes!""Do you believe in yourself?"Now she looks like this grown man is maybe … [Read more...]

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