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  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame


    The question of the authentic difference between a self-perpetuating advertisement and a work of entertainment is at the core of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and one which foregrounds the concern of equation of a critical cinema and a cinema of the spectacle. Guy Debord starts his famous 'Society of the Spectacle' with the statement: "In societies dominated by modern conditions of production, life is presented as an immense accumulation of spectacles. Everything that was directly lived has receded into a…

  • Before Sunrise

    Before Sunrise


    "...rather mediocre and pretentious" - Slavoj Žižek

    We've all had that friend before: the one who talks all about the great experiences he's/she's had in Europe: the one who desperately waits for you to ask him/her what book he's/she's reading so that he/she can explicate his/her surface level reading and find some way to sprinkle in the word kafkaesque and the books relationship to Karl Marx's 'Das Kapital,' of which it's summary has supplied him/her with grandiose criticisms of the…