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Prometheus – A Review

June 10, 2012

Every prequel is a badly told joke; the kind where the comedian shoehorns-in extra details, adding “oh yeah, and the penguin was Jewish” after the punch-line.  Prequels are even worse than a bad joke, in fact, because what they add is always unnecessary.  They’re the story before the story, based on a false premise: that the audience cares what happened before.  This is the worst kind of craven, Hollywood-thinking.  In effect, a prequel says: we’re so out of ideas, so lacking in integrity, we’re not even satisfied with copying good ideas (in sequels) any more.  We need a new way to defame the original, so we’ve come up with this: the prequel, wholly useless and asked-for by no-one.  I give you: Prometheus.

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Shame – A Review

November 20, 2011

 
Yes, you get to see Michael Fassbender’s penis in this movie.  And yes, it’s big.  But full frontal male nudity can’t hide the religious aspect of this film.  I know the guys who made the Narnia movies have an idea of what “religious” means.  But they’re wrong.  Shame is a true religious movie.  And not because anyone in it espouses religion; not because anyone is (I shudder to even use the word) “saved”; but because this film is about being human, because it abides with shame.  Those who know Wim Wender’s Wings of Desire will be hard pressed not to picture an angel sat beside Michael Fassbender as he rides the subway.  Love might be totally absent from this man’s life, but that only makes his struggle more profound.

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