France, in a nutshell.
Paul Thek, Afflict the Comfortable, Comfort the Afflicted, c. 1985. Synthetic polymer on canvas board, 18 × 24 in. (45.7 × 61 cm). Collection of Gail and Tony Ganz © The Estate of George Paul Thek; courtesy of Alexander and Bonin, New York. Photograph by Douglas M. Parker Studio
Reblogging because still true.
1. This film is a pretty solid critique of US foreign policy; it pits the nostalgia of the last “Just War,” WWII (embodied by Captain America) against current US foreign policy’s preemptive striking (embodied by SHIELD), and critiquing it vehemently by aligning it with Nazi fascism.
3. Watching this film with a French audience was great because they not only laughed at the terrible French accents the actors were coached in, but also booed at the not so casual racism of Redford’s character pointedly specifying that a terrorist was not French, but Algerian.
4. The end press-conference scene is a pretty direct attack of the US government condemning Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden as traitors.
5. That was the most perfect Stan Lee cameo.
Conclusion: Not well acted and the dialogue wasn’t great, but pretty intensely politically subversive for a mainstream action movie and therefore totally brilliant (not to mention enjoyable).
HUXTABLE EFFECT, STEWART UOO (w/ HEJI SHIN), 2014
part of “NO TEARS IN THE RAIN”
GAY JEANS ARE HERE YOU GUYS. DON’T YOU WANT GAY JEANS??
Leo Bersani, Homos
Honestly whatever to the actual content of this quote; what I find unbearable is this old-school literary analysis that does so much to the text just to make a flimsy point that leads to psychoanalysis (if heterosexual sex is a male fantasy of returning to the womb, what is gay sex, blah blah blah) when it’s clear that Bersani just wants to talk about gay sex and flex a writerly muscle. Like, great, Jean Genet liked giving rusty trombones (the rustier the better), but let’s not overdetermine it. Basically this type of literary analysis is the reason why I’m suspicious of non-interdisciplinary fields of study.
— Homos by Leo Bersani