Film · Review

Personal Shopper: Do you fear ghosts, or the void?

I recall this anecdote about the making of The Shining. Kubrick was in conversation with King about ghost stories, trying to get a sense his beliefs to aid in the adaptation process. When King pressed back Kubrick stated he was not afraid of ghosts, even fictional ones, to be afraid of ghosts you have to… Continue reading Personal Shopper: Do you fear ghosts, or the void?

Film · Queer Filmmakers · Review

Beauty and the Beast: Classic remake, or remade classic?

This gotta be the shortest delay for a Disney live action remake right? I mean we had Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty by any other name) followed by Branagh’s Cinderella, then Favreau’s The Jungle Book and David Lowery’s Pete’s Dragon; but Pete’s Dragon came out in ’77 and never really hung about in the public consciousness. Beauty… Continue reading Beauty and the Beast: Classic remake, or remade classic?

Analysis · Games · Not Film

Looking at: Monster Factory’s positive creativity

There’s a moment I love in the 31st episode of Monster Factory. Well, there’s moments I love in every episode of Monster Factory but this one is illustrative. Griffin and Justin McElroy are playing 2009 MMO Champions Online, staring at the create a character screen, they have to choose a superpower, each represented by a… Continue reading Looking at: Monster Factory’s positive creativity

Film · Review

Kong: Skull Island – A better Sahara

Did you ever watch Sahara? I don’t think many people did, it’s not that good. I think it’s one of the contenders for the title of the biggest Hollywood flop. It’s the bizarre, sloppy, racist attempt to turn Matthew McConaughey into the action star he never was. Part of the joy of the thing is… Continue reading Kong: Skull Island – A better Sahara

Analysis · Not Film · Philosophy · Politics

Beyond Postmodernism: Post-truth

If modernism and postmodernism are defined primarily by their relationship to the metanarrative, where does that leave the contemporary world? Newscasters have been chatting a lot over the past year about post-truth politics, a mode of discourse in which the notion of the factual is deemphasised in favour of creating a new reality which supports… Continue reading Beyond Postmodernism: Post-truth