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The Zizekian Horror of Spielberg’s “Ready Player One”

In a review in The New Yorker, Richard Brody obviously channels his inner Slavoj Zizek when he writes, right off the bat: Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One” is not a video-game-centered dystopian teen adventure but a horror film, a movie of … Continue reading

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Hollywood, the world’s top propaganda machine

The usual conservative objection about Hollywood is that it represents an unstoppable propaganda machine, sprouting progressive ideas straight into children’s vulnerable little heads. Slavoj Zizek makes good points on how that’s not exactly the way Hollywood works. But first, this … Continue reading

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James Salter: the Writer’s Writer who betrayed all Writers (2)

I discussed how Salter achieved greatness in a previous post. This is about how he betrayed his gifts and fellow writers, and even literature, in his later years. After The Hunters (1957) and the similarly-themed The Arm of Flesh (1961), … Continue reading

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Evelyn Waugh and Sword of Honour’s Ending

In 2001, the then-not-so-famous Daniel Craig was talked into filming a long TV movie based on the most underrated novel of the 20th century, Evelyn Waugh’s Sword of Honour. I recently watched it, and I highly recommend it to all … Continue reading

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Slavoj Zizek on Why We’re Building The Matrix

I don’t think The Matrix is a masterpiece. I have already written more about that movie than I should, probably. And I believe Zizek doesn’t think it’s a masterpiece, either. But he sure hasn’t written too much about The Matrix. … Continue reading

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Cómo la CIA inventó la expresión “teoría conspiratoria”

Si quieres que la cabeza de Oliver Stone reviente de furia, le puedes contar esto: la expresión “teoría conspiratoria” fue probablemente inventada por la CIA, como descalificación, para poner freno a las especulaciones sobre el asesinato de JFK. Esta, al … Continue reading

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Borges sobre Kiarostami

El problema con las películas de Abbas Kiarostami es básico, de procedimiento, y no tanto de argumentos o temáticas. Es un problema sistemático: Kiaorastami es el clásico artista que se siente forzado a aburrir al lector/espectador cuando quiere transmitir una … Continue reading

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