Aguirre, Wrath of God (Werner Herzog, 1972)

by Brennen Ryan ( Werner Herzog’s 1972  Aguirre, Wrath of God is often correctly described as one of the greatest films ever made.  The German New Wave classic is largely unknown in the United States, where it is mostly only known to film lovers and to its cult following. Internationally, the film is more widely... Continue Reading →

The First World is the Death Star

by Brennen Ryan ( Leading Lights defend the right of oppressed people to fight back. The United States is a big part of the global Empire, the First World. The entire First World is a menace to humanity, but, for now, lets just look at the United States. The United States was founded on genocide,... Continue Reading →

Movie review: “Snowpiercer” (Bong Joon-ho, 2013)

by Brennen Ryan ( “Snowpiercer” (Bong Joon-ho, 2013) is a South Korean sci-fi film that depicts a dystopian, not-so-distant future. “Snowpiercer” is part of a long tradition of dystopian science fiction that presents a dystopian future that is really just an exaggerated version of contemporary injustice. An exaggerated, fictional future is used to critique the... Continue Reading →

Movie Review: The Interview (Seth Rogen, 2014)

by Brennen Ryan ( The Interview (Seth Rogen, 2014) has been the subject of much controversy. Because of its portrayal of northern Korea and its hereditary leader Kim Jong-un, Sony, the media giant that owned the movie, was hacked. The movie was released prematurely, costing the company tens of millions of dollars. Other corporate secrets... Continue Reading →

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