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Noé Love: Can Cinematic Storytelling and Pornography Coexist?

“The fantasy ideal of a perfect work of pornography would be precisely to preserve this impossible harmony, the balance between narration and explicit depiction of the sexual act.” -Slavoj Žižek, Looking Awry Over the past two years a series of films have attempted to blur the line between cinema and pornography. We’ve seen films like […]

God is In the TV: Achieving Social Reality in Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler

At its surface, Dan Gilroy’s debut feature Nightcrawler provides terribly pedestrian commentary on the moral vicissitudes of so-called modern media sensationalism. When freelance video-journalist Louis Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) first meets jaded TV executrix Nina Romnia (Rene Russo), the latter describes her professional-aesthetic ideal to be “a screaming woman running down the street with her throat […]

FILM REVIEW: The Wolf of Wall Street

I’ve always thought of finance as a form of alchemy. It involves the arcane manipulation of ancient symbology (i.e. “numbers”) in order to turn shit into gold, and sometimes back again. It is a mysterious Dark Art that some find intriguing and intoxicating, and others find it bewildering or disgusting. Finance is at best the […]