2010s

Power Worship & Superheroes

I'm a fan of superhero films. But the genre has gotten mired in a disturbing trend that needs to be discussed.

Power Worship & Superheroes

How To Tell If You're In A Dream

How do we know we’re in the “real reality” and not in a dreamlike state, in someone else’s dream, in Tommy Westphall’s snow globe, in The Matrix, a brain in a vat, in Plato’s Cave, on The Truman Show or creations in The Sims 12? As Nolan demonstrates in Inception, we can’t. Last month, director Errol Morris wrote a New York Times series on ‘The Anosognosic’s Dilemma.’ It’s about Rumsfeld’s “unknown unknowns.” We simply don’t know when we don’t know the limits of our own knowledge, either individually or collectively.

How To Tell If You're In A Dream

Review: Winter's Bone

Winter's Bone avoids the rural-themed art house cliches. The plot moves along briskly - there aren't the monotonous landscape-indulgent pauses that plagued Frozen River and its ilk. The accents seem unaffected, and the film relies on story and character, so that concerns over "genuineness" are forgotten. It eschews both Hollywood mawkishness and indie over-understatedness.