Nocturnal Animals (2016)

Nocturnal Animals (2016)
“Depraved Highway” Imagine Apple’s creative design team, the artists who created the sleek metallic elegance of the Mac Book Pro on which I am composing these words, suddenly being asked to build an electric chair. No matter how beautiful the outcome, we’d still be inclined to foreground the fact that the object is built to ...

Prisoners (2013)

Prisoners (2013)
“The Real Dilemma: Prisoners of Our Own Device” Influenced by the overly libidinal 1960s, film scholars spend a lot of time and energy tilting at the windmills of conventional cultures, such as the Hollywood film industry. Take, for example, Gene Youngblood’s assessment in his 1970 book, Expanded Cinema: “Profit-motivated commercial entertainment, by its very nature, ...