Category Archives: Social critique in culture

Joss Whedon’s The Dollhouse: some thoughts

I just finished watching the two-season television series The Dollhouse, which has left me with a lot of thoughts. The basic premise of the show is that a technology is developed that can scan your brain, take up all of … Continue reading

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Bill Cosby, the “scars of history,” and black kids’ self-drawings

On the white male psychoanalyst generating universal truths about black subjectivity: suspicious. Bill Cosby giving straight talk about racism, structural poverty and some black’s children’s internalizing of inferiority: worth watching.

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i am free…repeat…i am free…

The following is a stream of associations following from the image above. Enjoy. Today in Libya and Egypt and so many other places it is the people against the military state. This is resistance. Fight Club. Underneath the hip…the putrefaction … Continue reading

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What can cultural criticism do? A reading of Rambo and Die Hards 1&4

Some of my friends and family wonder what exactly a critic does. Here are a few ideas and some explanations. For this post, I chose some common movies that everyone has perhaps seen, to serve as example of some of … Continue reading

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On Advertising

We are continually being  taught, out there, in society. But what are we being taught? In the advertisments I see, we are taught how, precisely, according to someone, we are to live with each other: how to think, how to … Continue reading

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A Che who missed his mark, or: Terrorism reconsidered

Carlos is the new biopic/docufiction about the ultrafamous superterrorist would-be revolutionary named Carlos. He was actually named Illich, but Carlos sounded better. It was his stage name. It’s way cooler. The film is three hours long, and only about two … Continue reading

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The dry land: a trailer, promising a film to think about hard things

The Dry Land (see trailer here) This movie looks stellar. Spellbinding, politically provocative, poignant, well-cast, and beautifully shot. In fact, it looks like one of those dramas that helps you see how life really is. The mother’s character, her look, … Continue reading

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Review of Toy Story 3

In sum, this is a film produced by the decadent society that has so much “stuff” it makes movies about how their surplus things feel when they’re gotten rid of. Only an American society could produce this film. The kind … Continue reading

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My shocked reactions to watching 24 for the first time:

These conclusions are from watching three episodes, the one from season two and two from season one. One. It thinks for us, it delivers prepackaged ideas, rather than a complex reality to  think over and draw our own conclusoins conclusions … Continue reading

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Two movies highly recommended

Z (Costa Gavras) This is the story behind Greece when it was at a major turning point in the 60s: democracy or totalitarianism. The film is in French, the acting is excellent, the cinematography is at once classic and playful, … Continue reading

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Lady Gaga’s new video: an ironic feminist manifesto

I don’t have time to name all the ways I think Lady Gaga’s new and astonishing (10 minute!) video “Telephone” amounts to a feminist statement. It is full of contradiction and it is complicated, since it is doing many things … Continue reading

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Lil Wayne video: race, riot, class frustration

Lil Wayne’s Drop the World (full video here, MTV censored version here) features scenes of street rage by the socially marginalized. It does not offer a very deep critique of social repression, but the latter is shown as the origins … Continue reading

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