Masochism, Macbeth, Mayors, Marvel and More: My May Movie… Notes.

Missives? Anyway.The Duke of Burgundy: Lush flick about two butterfly researchers and their dominance/submission relationship. Some early scenes made me wonder if this would be about attention as submission--the submissive gaze, the gaze of service, as the gaze which most truly knows its object--and I'd super still want to watch that movie, but that definitely is not what this is. Then later when the twist is revealed I was like, "Ugh, I hope this isn't just going to be a movie-length … [Read more...]

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“Put money in thy purse!” –Shakespeare.*

While I haven’t gotten all the way through Pride and Prejudice, I am far enough to know what’s wrong with the Austen quote that’s now printed on millions of ten pound notes in Britain. The quote—”I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!”—is, ironically, spoken in bad faith by one of Austen’s characters. The Guardian explains... more!* Iago. … [Read more...]

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