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Monthly Archives: January 2015

The Top 20 Films of 2014

Some preliminary notes: First, this is a semi-loose ranking. I’m not really trying to nitpick about whether one particular movie was actually better than the one ranked just below it. This is more of a mid-macro level thing. Exact positions are as always debatable but broadly this is the deal. Second, of course, I didn’t […]

Watching A Most Violent Year and Selma with Hannah Arendt

In her celebrated long essay “On Violence,” Hannah Arendt reimagined the role of violence in political society. Like Freud did with his negative relationship between neurosis and perversion, Arendt inverted a commonplace similarity to assert that contrary to how things may seem, violence and power are not the same. In fact, “power and violence are […]

On Black Mirror, Stephen Hawking and the Future Freaking Us Out

The sci-fi lite anthology series Black Mirror has come to be characterized primarily by its paranoiac treatment of the ever-impending near future, particularly focusing on the accelerating technologicalization of our everyday existence. Whether it be the insular hamster wheel of the office cubicle and the severely diminishing returns of “reality” based entertainment, or our tenacious […]