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since 1997 | by maryann johanson

curated: everything is broken, Hollywood edition

FYI, “Everything is broken” is my motto at the moment.


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  • RogerBW

    One slightly positive thing I see here is slightly less focus on jamming lots of very similar films into a specific narrow release window.

  • Yeah, instead we’re gonna get even more very similar films spread throughout the year!

  • Tonio Kruger

    Everything is broken! The center cannot hold. The worst is full of passionate intensity and right now I’m having some vision straight out of Anima Mundi.

    Next up: A century of stony sleep vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle. Details at eleven…

  • RogerBW

    Zz snerk what? Oh, right. Which way to Bethlehem?

  • amanohyo

    The easiest way to motivate large groups of people (whether the goal is a political position or the purchase of a movie ticket) is a message that’s been drained of nuance to the point of having very little connection to the actual situation being addressed. That’s why politicians love to distract us with simple, surface level, hot-button, social issues rather than discuss the underlying economic foundations (compare the amount of time spent on transgender bathroom access to the time spent on tax code and health care reform).

    As Bernie (and to a lesser extent Hillary) illustrated, economics is boring. Winning and making fun of the other team really gets the blood pumping. As human society becomes more global and temporary, a product/idea that has an emotionally titillating coating around a bland, unchallenging center has the best chance of achieving worldwide acceptance, popularity, and most importantly, profitability. Solid, complex ideas struggle to find a foothold in a world of endless, swirling viral distractions (bad news for serious film critics).

    I’ve been reading stories about people saving the lives of random strangers in Houston. In some sense, these stories are propaganda, meant to raise our spirits and discourage the inevitable looting and assault. In some sense they are viral entertainment. However, on some basic level, they do give me hope. The systems may be broken or close to failure, but most of the people still work admirably. If the population comes together and agrees on which systems need to be overhauled (my votes are for education, health care, housing, and transportation, in that order) and buckles down to grind through some of the important, boring details, we’ll have ourselves a nice little, pragmatic, constructive, populist uprising.

    So, things feel truly horrible now, but save some despair for later, 2020 will be the year everything is literally broken. Call me crazy, but I think we’ll put it back together better than it was before. We have the technology, and we’re at our best when the going gets rough. When all hell’s breaking loose, we’ll be riding the eye of the storm.

  • bronxbee

    slouch this way, sir.

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