Film and TV
Turning the Greatest Anti-war Novel Ever into Bourgeois Propaganda
All Quiet on the Western Front won four Oscars, and it’s not hard to see why. The production — depicting the horrors of World War I — is spectacular. Yet the producers did not at all understand Erich Maria Remarque’s novel. Spoilers follow.
Nathaniel FlakinMarch 16, 2023
Selling Suffering and the Spectacle of Blackness in Nope
In his new movie, Jordan Peele examines the ways in which the capitalist system forces us to place our lives in jeopardy and sell our own suffering. Spoiler alert!
Emma BoyhtariOctober 14, 2022
Aftershock: How a Racist System Turns Childbirth into a Death Sentence
Aftershock exposes the disastrous effects of the for-profit medical industry on Black pregnant people and a capitalist system that puts profit before human lives — whether they desire to become parents or not.
Shain SlepianSeptember 16, 2022
Women Directors Have Made Some of the Greatest Films Ever. Here Are 11 You Might Not Know.
Women have been important contributors to the development of cinema from the beginning, but films by women directors have often been underappreciated and overlooked. Here we present some of the greatest films made by women from around the world to enjoy during Women’s History Month and throughout the year.
Shalon van TineMarch 3, 2022
‘Don’t Look Up’: Why the Climate Crisis Isn’t a Comet, and Why That Matters
'Don’t Look Up' presents an opportunity to reignite the climate movement. That means we have to look beyond its creators’ calls for individual action.
Emma LeeJanuary 1, 2022
The New Matrix Film Could Have Been a Brilliant Satire — Instead We Get Corporate Slop
Matrix: Resurrections is a profoundly unnecessary film that exemplifies the blandness of Hollywood in the age of capitalism’s decline.
Nathaniel FlakinDecember 31, 2021
Against Subtlety: ‘Don’t Look Up’ Is the Movie for Our Moment
Don’t Look Up is The Movie about what it feels like to be alive right now. It’s a masterpiece of 21st-century climate anxiety and, more importantly, class rage.
Enid BrainDecember 30, 2021
‘Dune’ Is Anticolonialism as Imagined by Megacorporations
The new film based on Frank Herbert's epic is full of anti-imperialist imagery, but it amounts to nothing more than a Hollywood version of colonial resistance struggle.
Lily CichanowiczOctober 21, 2021