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Capture or Kill: Zero Dark Thirty

There are forces working for and against Kathryn Bigelow’s newest film, Zero Dark Thirty. For: The built-in emotional gravity that comes with a story surrounding the events of September 11th; Bigelow’s past success in a familiar Middle Eastern locale (a literal sandbox for her, to use a cheeky metaphor); her execution of the ideal action-thriller […]

Nicolas Winding Refn: The Death of the Black Suitcase – Part 1

I. The Black Suitcase Full of Cash The Russian writer Viktor Pelevin once suggested that the real protagonist of western culture as a black briefcase full of money. Pelevin’s metaphor is one of those ostensibly off-the-cuff, Zizek-esque film-studies truisms that gnaws at you, prompting you to poke around your personal collection for counter-examples and leaving […]