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The revolution introduced me to art, and art, in its own turn, brought me to the revolution.

Sergei Eisenstein

Marvel's Loki
Monday, 02 August 2021 18:07

Marvel's Loki

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Reece Goscinski reviews Loki through a Zizekian lens Loki is the latest entry in the canon of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), streaming as a TV series on Disney+. The serial takes place around the midpoint of 2019’s Avengers: Endgame and sees the Nordic God of mischief (Tom Hiddleston) flashing…
Cannes and Covid go together like a horse and carriage
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Monday, 19 July 2021 15:33

Cannes and Covid go together like a horse and carriage

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Dennis Broe concludes his review of the Cannes Film Festival Another Cannes Film Festival is in the books and this one, which Variety labelled “Red Carpet Done Right” and The Hollywood Reporter hoped would “kick off a global comeback” for the film industry in a return to a “New Normal,”…
Artwashing at Cannes film festival: 'The best lack all conviction while the worst are full of passionate intensity'
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Sunday, 11 July 2021 17:32

Artwashing at Cannes film festival: 'The best lack all conviction while the worst are full of passionate intensity'

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Dennis Broe is unimpressed by the artwashing at this year's film festival at Cannes. Image above: Lou Reed et. al. in Todd Haynes' The Velvet Underground It may be a bit cruel starting with Yeats’ criticism of his era in his epic poem The Second Coming but unfortunately it is…
'Towards a social order worthy of the human race': Rosa Luxemburg's 150th anniversary
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Thursday, 04 March 2021 11:42

'Towards a social order worthy of the human race': Rosa Luxemburg's 150th anniversary

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Jenny Farrell presents and discusses Margarethe von Trotta’s film about Rosa Luxemburg On 5 March 2021, we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Rosa Luxemburg’s birth. No one who wishes to get a sense of Rosa Luxemburg as a person, both political and private, will regret watching Margarethe von Trotta’s meticulously…
Monday, 02 November 2020 20:51

The Dialectical Image

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 Mike Wayne introduces his new film essay The Dialectical Image is a film essay about experience and the aesthetic. I say 'the' aesthetic because I am not so much concerned with the variety of aesthetic strategies that one can find in say a given medium, like film, as the kind…
Building a dissident film culture
Monday, 20 July 2020 08:31

Building a dissident film culture

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Deirdre O'Neill, in the latest in the series of Culture Matters/Morning Star articles on the effects of Covid-19 on culture, sketches out the argument for developing a new, dissident approach to film-making ‘For us, film is the most important of the arts’ - Lenin in 1919 The Covid-19 pandemic has…
Allegories of the end of capitalism
Thursday, 04 June 2020 18:18

Allegories of the end of capitalism

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Mike Wayne reviews Allegories of The End of Capitalism: Six Films on the Revolutions of Our Times, by Milo Sweedler, Zero Books 2020 Milo Sweedler’s book is an unfailingly interesting and indeed fun read from start to finish. Focusing on six films which conjure with various images of revolt against…
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