There is a specific danger of pretension, of appearing ‘smarter’ than the ideas in your media actually deliver. Annihilation, I find, is guilty of this. The danger is that when your meaning isn’t clear, when your story isn’t well delivered, the criticism doesn’t get directed at the work; It makes your audience feel like they simply weren’t smart enough to understand it, that it went above their head. I compare it to Full Metal Jacket and children's animation. The animation is actually Zootopia, but I wanted an excuse to use this as the cover image.
How do novelists make a strong character? The ones that feel like they exist outside the story, and outside the author's head? Talking about the rough heuristic I use to plan major and minor characters.
John Huston directed a movie in 1946 that was so subversive, so radical, that it was suppressed by the US army until 1981 Stranger still, it was a movie they had commissioned him to make for them.
The feminist movement has been hugely important and beneficial for women over the last few decades, and seriously changed how we view gender roles. But men haven't had a similarly empowering movement in that timeframe. What is the impact of that, and how is it hurting everybody?
At the time this was written, Black Panther was the most highly reviewed movie in history, according to Rotten Tomatoes. Which is surprising, because if you stop to think about it, it's actually a really not-good movie.
Black Mirror is a tragedy that intentionally subverts the point of tragedy to make you feel super messed up, instead of the kind of emotional relief you would otherwise get. So why did this season change such a unique and effective philosophy?
This week's article is from guest author Scarlet Roarke. It's an interesting piece on a topic I don't otherwise see covered; On thinking about the media we consume to not have to think.