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  1. yeah, we should expect a certain amount of cosmopolitanism at a starport.
  2. low budget super heroes they are kinda a knock-off justice league, aren't they?
  3. Worst. Bounty. Hunter. Ever. yeah, seems as though it'd've been an easy assassination. we can be charitable by assuming the job was capture alive, or that the job was assassinate, but the killer is sadistic and prefers to torture first. it needn't necessarily be inartful drafting.
  4. hear stories about climate change almost every day while I listen to NPR at work. maybe the wrong analogy--that's a chronic condition, to which one might readily accommodate in the fullness of time--people in the US are blase about pandemic deaths in the same way that they are about chronic deaths from MVA, GSW, childhood malnutrition, and preventable disease. the analogy requires by contrast an acute condition--something like an invasion or genocide. who now speaks of the armenians, for instance. or more currently, how many are aware of ongoing warfare in yemen, ethiopia, or myanmar? i have a feeling that most in the US easily ignored the congolese civil wars, which in the late 90s and early 00s resulted in 5M dead. we have active famines right now in yemen and south sudan. "fuck it" moment no doubt. i became blase (as supra) about the pandemic by the time dune came out. then it was the marvel movies, the surprisingly awesome spencer, wes anderson, TPA, the dire matrix resumption, and now macbeth.
  5. am curious where the good star wars writing is?
  6. also having to walk back the original assumption of people being rational actors this assumption has always been comical in a system that features detailed bankruptcy rules, assumes robust tort and contract law, and actively produces irrationalism of purchasers via advertising.
  7. am blase about criminal underworld stories. like, i can watch the godfather. star wars by contrast must focus on noble religious terrorists against the banality of technocratic evil.
  8. this lump of mahogany is really the best they could do? but lumps of mahogany are emotionally complex creatures?
  9. Also the CGI complaint. Again, to me that's like complaining about too many vehicle stunts in the Fast and the Furious yeah, best to consider these sorts of things as intrinsically animated films with incidental live acting. the political integration of animated and non-aminated persons intrinsic to the narrative of roger rabbit is here achieved at the level of form through the production process. CGI complainers become chris lloyd's character in the latter film, loathing animated persons with genocidal rage. for shame, CGI complainers.
  10. yeah, they're all more or less anodyne--though eternals tries to dignify a more complete inclusivity for the setting, which neither enhances nor diminishes the presentation. there's no departure here from previous installments otherwise. avengers 3/4, say, is not a serious commentary on genocide (the snap does not even meet the legal definition thereof)--if it were, there'd be a bit more hesitancy in the presentation, some defectors, perhaps, to the snapper cause. black panther is closest to serious of all of them, and we see that the villain's ideas win over the protagonist by the end. endgame could've been more interesting in this regard had someone adopted a hydra herrenvolk doctrine and taken the gauntlet for that end. civil war also presents a critique of vigilantism in a democratic society, which is not without severity, but perhaps no more effectively than daredevil season 2--though that critique is limited to the genre, which is false, so it has little portability.
  11. y'all are so mehlancholy about this mehsmerizing cinema mehsterpiece.
  12. Why is boba suddenly a good-ish guy now? he was a bounty hunter who also worked for the empire. we can explain all of his conduct through derrick bell's essay 'brown v. board of education and the interest convergence dilemma,' wherein he argues that "The interests of blacks in achieving racial equality will be accommodated only when it converges with the interest of whites," noting that segregation had been attacked judicially for over 100 years by the time brown v. board was argued. (op. cit. in critical race theory. new press, 1995). the change underlying that case's disposition was not legal but political insofar as the cold war created a new superseding regularity that required civil rights for african americans as both a matter of international prestige and domestic morale; economic transformation of retrograde segregated areas was also envisioned. (id.) when these pressures fade, then the interest of the upper class portion of the dominant race group will realign with the lower class portion, which had opposed desegregation most virulently. this applies to fett's interactions with the tuskens in the following particulars. fett began his career as a petit bourgeois member of an interstellar firm, but was quickly lumpenized when the entity for which he worked was liquidated in the civil war. he tried to rebuild the firm through his youth and eventually developed a reputation as a useful independent contractor to governmental and underworld employers. there's no morality in this pattern of employment; he performed professional services without passion or prejudice, and we know little of his political sympathies other than a reduction of everything to the cold cash nexus, consistent with the imperatives of interstellar capitalism. all of that gets fucked when terrorists nuke both of his main clients in episode VI. lying in the desert stripped of his property is probably the nadir, picked over and beaten by scavengers and then reduced to slavery by desert aboriginals. his interests converge with this particular planet's most backward colonized group, insofar as his economic status resembles theirs, desert aboriginals always already subject to domination by interstellar capitalists. assisting them accordingly assists him; it is rational maximizer self-interest, even while it appears to advance their civil rights. saving a kid from a hexabrachial reptilian bought him out of forced servitude whereas shutting down a predatory conveyance of an interstellar capitalist operation gained him tribal admission. we should expect him to act in accordance with interest convergence as long as he remains a capitalist, and that seems to be the intention of his assuming the role of mafia boss; that the desert nomads are not parading with him through town is significant. maybe he'll have a conversion to pre-capitalist morality or post-capitalist politics, though were he a pre-capitalist now we'd expect him to stay in the desert as a neo-tusken eremite.
  13. the bad love stories are parcel to YA, wherein inexpert teen lovers fumble their first attempts to conjugate corporeally. should've kept all that suppressed, like tolkien, or totally led with it, like the RSB. no half measures. this is serious fucking serial fantasy business.
  14. the train robbery fits. it's always been late 19th-early 20th century relations of production dressed up with a retrofuturism--dogfights, carriers, battleships, car races, swords. it takes familiar ideas and does very little to estrange them.
  15. so, is the hidden antagonist emilia clarke?
  16. bounty hunter to altruistic opportunist looking to essentially unionize the Sand People...? maybe it will go the original route of becoming the leader of the desert peoples by recognizing their military value and thereby overcoming the interstellar invaders. he seemed to know chewblacca?
  17. NARF is as abysmally asinine and trascistic as RINO.
  18. the books as published are as though robert jordan were colin robinson. somewhere in a stasis box, a non-vampiric version of these texts has been hidden away, condensed down to an actual trilogy, and it is the best post-tolkienian fantasy ever written.
  19. zipped over the the hotel emma in san antonio. beautiful here. 70s, sunny, fireworks at midnight. cheers to our texan boarders.
  20. ain't an arc well, there's episode 2, then in clone wars, then episode 5, now these shows. is he ever a different kind of criminal? oliver and jean valjean are one thing, the glanton gang quite another. we'll see how it goes.
  21. want to see the society that sentients and humans can build together when they get a chance without the war hanging over them. totally. the answer to the war is cosmopolitan integration of emancipated AI with their former owners. illiberal capitalists have feared proletarian revolution ever since capek, so robot freedom has always haunted these stories as a genocidal spectre. good therefore to show a cooperative society. that said, i felt as though i'd walk out if they fridged the helpful birdbot, keanu's rescuebot, or morferrous.
  22. it does seem as though he'd be better as an accent character for someone else's show than the lead in his own, kinda like stiffler in american pie. give him his own show and what's the point, all busted like flava flav with no chuck d?
  23. if he is transformed, there should be an examination of it, and the flashbacks can do that work. plotting in medias res with sustained analepsis has an ancient pedigree. lynch and lawrence use the technique effectively enough. i wonder if the show will work like pohl's gateway, present day and past sequences culminating at the event horizon, say.
  24. adolescent liminality rite, maybe. test to the point of destruction. god created dune to train the faithful, &c.
  25. How and why was there a Stormtrooper inside the Sarlacc? i was wondering about that, too. one of the unfortunates looking for R2 in episode IV? A conspiracy cult that believe Jabba is still alive? love that. jabba really won the election.
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