Category Archives: films

Dogman: Manhood and Belonging

Far from the aestheticising mania of much contemporary film-making, Garrone’s film-making feels neo-expressionist. He captures what is underneath: the chagrin of the characters, the social desolation, and the violence. Continue reading

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Green Book: A Fairy Tale of Class and Race

Set in 1962, Green Book is a quiet, serene, and composed journey into racial, class, and sexual identity. There is not a ripple in this still water, but the beautiful acting of Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen makes it worth seeing. … Continue reading

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The Post: Nixon-Trump, Bullshit, and the Forgotten Woman

The flawed comparison of Nixon with Trump is pursued through a trite investigative structure, which leaves a much more interesting story unexplored: the story of a woman who takes ownership of her own self. There are times when the story-teller … Continue reading

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Roma: Emotionless Aestheticisation for a Disenchanted Era

Alfonso Cuaròn’s Roma, based on his childhood memories, is a cold look at how women cope in a man’s world. It is is aesthetic escapism. It has been wrongly associated with Italian neo-realism. Roma lacks the pathos of neo-realistic films. … Continue reading

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Can You Ever Forgive Me? Authenticity and Faking It

The film is based on the true story of the biographer Lee Israel, whose career went downhill after her second ill-fated biography of Estée Lauder. She tried to make a living as a copy-editor and then through forging letters of … Continue reading

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Vice. Trumpesque Hollywood for a Disenchanted Era

Vice is a missed opportunity. A more coherent, subtle, and ironical effort could have presented Dick Cheney as a key actor in ushering in the descent into the current paranoia, conspiracy theories, and anti-establishment populism. Dick Cheney was Secretary of … Continue reading

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Roman J. Israel Esq.: Denzel Washington and Identity Politics

The film Roman J. Israel Esq. is incredibly frustrating. It has a strong moral question at the core, but it is totally unable to communicate it in a credible way. It is the story of a socially awkward and idealistic … Continue reading

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The Founder – a dark capitalist fairy-tale

The Founder tells the story of Ray Kroc, who turned a modest fast-food restaurant into McDonald’s by betraying the integrity, hard work, and perseverance. It espouses the American virtues of visionary entrepreneurship and self-made success while showing how success is … Continue reading

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The Great European Disaster Movie – Sovereignty & the EU

This is a terrible film. It tells no story, it has no character or plot. It’s not even a documentary. A few people telling you how Brexit might bring about chaos doesn’t say much about the EU and current discontent. … Continue reading

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The Big Short – Faith in the Free Market

The 2008 financial crisis was the result of recklessness, dodgy dealings, and hubris. Like drug addicts, people bought mortgages they would have never been able to pay. Like drug pushers, mortgage brokers fed the beast until it all went belly … Continue reading

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