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Take Shelter (REVIEW)

Mainstream apocalypse fiction is an interesting contradiction. We see in these films, tv shows, and pieces of literature the representation of our own mass destruction and the uncanny entertainment that comes with witnessing the ultimate in violent spectacle. Though occupying unique tiers of fun and the sublime, the pervasiveness of current apocalypse narratives hints at a spreading anxiety concerning government and financial institutions as well as the relationship of humanity to the natural world.

Blue Velvet (REVIEW)

What can I say about David Lynch’s “Blue Velvet” that hasn’t already been said by hundreds if not thousands of film scholars, critics, biographers, and journalists? The film has been discussed in a diverse number of concentrations including auteur studies, queer theory, genre studies, and psychoanalytic film theory. It has been viewed as both an intrepid piece of personal vision and an exploitative aggrandizement of cinematic masturbation.

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