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X-men: Days of future past

Liberalism as individualism

The previous story suggested that the powers of the mutants might provoke or prevent nuclear war. Xavier was proudly active, dissolving the unity of the human race for the sake of helping out fellow mutants. What was the consequence of his pride? The end of humanity. A future in which science […]

Godzilla (2014)

He maketh a path to shine after him; one would think the deep to be hoary. Upon earth there is not his like, who is made without fear. He beholdeth all high things: He is a king over all the children of pride.Job 41:33-34

Godzilla is some kind of dinosaur. Dinosaurs are ancient monsters, […]

La dolce vita 7

Marcello & the celebrities, part two

Celebrities are the chosen. People think that, if they had a choice, that is what they would choose. That is why reporters ask what Sylvia would choose. In a sense, people really just choose the celebrities. Whoever gets close gets a sense that it is not all that […]

La dolce vita 6

Marcello & Maddalena, part two

When Marcello meets Maddalena again, she surprises him at some party in some aristocrat’s castle, somewhere outside Rome. That night he sees that the aristocrats are not really hateful – they are contemptible, or maybe pitiable, or even something to ignore. Their pretense – family means really the ruling […]

La dolce vita 5

Marcello & Steiner

When Marcello is called to Steiner’s house, everything goes to hell. The police there let him know, the man committed suicide, but not before killing his small children. Steiner simply acted on a more urgent sense of the end of the world, the which haunts Marcello as well. After the fall […]

La dolce vita 4

Marcello & the miracle

One evening, Marcello goes on a job with his photographer, to report on a miracle. He takes Emma, his woman, with him. They see a truly pathetic spectacle. Two kids, with that kind of cruel wit one sees in the immoral, plotting almost with lucidity to move from here to […]

La dolce vita 3

Marcello & the celebrities

Next is the next flight & descent image, Sylvia, a Swedish actress coming to Rome to shoot a film. Like Maddalena, Sylvia suggests both the high & the low. This is also the only section where the beautiful architecture of Rome is on display. The photographers shoot hundreds of photos […]

La dolce vita 2

Marcello & Maddalena

Maddalena is an aristocrat, whose inherited splendor has made her hate her life. It is not enough to say that this is because she expects too much out of privilege, as if she could really be above the laws, nor is it enough to say that the expectations of the class […]

La dolce vita 1

Marcello & Rome

This is the story of tabloid journalist Marcello Rubini: Who better to advertise the attractions of success? Such a man seems to teach both his audience & the objects of his praise just how great the celebrated have it. This does reflect on the civilization that nourishes & displays such celebrities.

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