Avengers: Age of Ultron
[…] If Snowpiercer had merely told the tale of an oppressed working class rising up to seize power from an evil overlord, it would already have been an improvement over most of the political messages in mainstream cinema. There are all sorts of nice touches in its portrayal of a declining capitalism that can maintain its ideological legitimacy even when it literally has no more bullets in its guns.
But the story Bong tells goes beyond that. It’s about the limitations of a revolution which merely takes over the existing social machinery rather than attempting to transcend it. And it’s all the more effective because the heart of that critique comes as a late surprise, from a character we might not expect.
[…] All too often, explicitly political art fails as both art and politics. Socialists shouldn’t put up with half-assed imitations of popular genres, nor with political messages denuded of anything but the lowest common denominator.
What makes Snowpiercer satisfying is that it commits neither error. It’s an engrossing and stylish movie, and its underlying themes go beyond merely pointing out class exploitation to challenge the logic of capital. It’s a movie that should be seen as widely as possible, if only so that Bong Joon-ho gets more chances to make movies for English-speaking audiences that badly need them. —Smash the Engine by Peter Frase | Jacobin Magazine (via filmantidote)
Please don’t tell me that we’re thinking the same thing
Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. at a press line for the movie “Avengers: Age of Ultron” during the 2014 Comic-Con International Convention in San Diego, California July 26, 2014. [HQ]
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RDJ: life raft.
Chris Evans exclusive interview with Mark Ruffalo. / x.
Many Ladies wear it this way
Chris Hardwick with The Holy Trinity at 2014 SDCC, WB Pictures Panel, 26th July 2014. [x]
6500 people sing for Daniel Radcllffe at the 2014 SDCC x
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