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Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: Miscellaneous PTA Video Essays
« Last post by Jeremy Blackman on April 19, 2018, 06:48:26 PM »
That was fantastic.  :yabbse-thumbup:
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Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: Miscellaneous PTA Video Essays
« Last post by wilberfan on April 19, 2018, 06:07:59 PM »

An interesting look at masculinity in all of PTA's features (not just Phantom Thread).  Unfortunate that he used the phrase "toxic masculinity" which I think has taken on a certain amount of baggage. 




(Someone in the comments waggishly suggested some alternatives: "Detrimental Dick-wagging" or "Patriarchy frown frowns " or "Machismo No Bueno")
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This Year In Film / Re: Ready Player One
« Last post by Drenk on April 19, 2018, 05:31:55 PM »
There is this great article about the book: https://www.theverge.com/2018/4/19/17250892/ready-player-one-book-facebook-internet-dystopia.

And Spielberg couldn't save that material. It's too bad. It's the delusional fantasy of a fanboy. It's about nothing real, not even about the delusion. It's only a product of that delusion.

Some quotes...

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Its story imagines the future by superimposing it on the past — specifically, on its author’s childhood — and is mired in the utopian misconceptions that defined the childhood of the internet as well. As the online world has moved into something more like middle age, the notion that the anonymous, unaccountable freedom of the web is a panacea for prejudice seems hopelessly outdated. That didn’t stop Cline, or many of the online-world architects that were his contemporaries, from insisting that the liberties of the internet would be both inevitable and universal.

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There is no sign of these dangers in the text of Ready Player One; while the world outside of the OASIS is falling apart, the virtual world remains — yup — an oasis, a utopian expanse where anything is possible and everyone is emancipated by their online presence. The digital landscape Ready Player One envisions is centrally rooted in VR, which was lauded in the ‘80s as the quintessential technology of the future, but which has panned out to be something much more marginal. But no matter: the book’s obsession with the past is so fundamental and inescapable that the wish-dream of the ‘80s is the only future it can imagine, in form and ideology. “This is the OASIS,” Wade Watts says of his online world in a text chat with his love object. “We exist as nothing but raw personality here.”

This is, to put it lightly, not how the internet worked out. Rather than liberating people from abuse and marginalization, online platforms have become tools for amplifying existing social inequality and harassment in unprecedented ways. We need look only at abuse campaigns like Gamergate, and the painful realities of harassment on social media like Twitter and Facebook, to find ample evidence of how incredibly untrue these visions of the future were, and are.

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This is the narcissistic drive behind the very worst elements of both the internet and the gaming world: not only to seek out things they like and enjoy, but to ensure that only things they like and enjoy can exist. This contest is portrayed, somehow, as a cool, fun thing, and not a rich dude smothering the development of newer and more vital culture because he really liked Space Invaders and The Last Starfighter.

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This apparent anti-corporate stance resonates oddly with Wade’s total devotion to media that is made, by and large, by corporations, and his consistent deification of Halliday and his company, GSS. Ready Player One ends (spoiler!) with Wade winning the contest, the fortune, and control of the OASIS, passing the scepter of its corporate monarchy from Halliday to his most obsessed fan, which solves everything in a way that can only be described as Phase 2 of the Underpants Gnomes business plan.

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About halfway through Ready Player One, Wade reveals his OASIS password: “No one in the world ever gets what they want and that is beautiful,” a reference to a 1987 song by They Might Be Giants. It is a strange, contrary sentiment to endorse in the context of a fantasy about getting exactly what you want: the girl, the money, the world.

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The 2018 Xixax Awards / Best Film
« Last post by Jeremy Blackman on April 19, 2018, 03:26:44 PM »
Welcome to the 2018 Xixax Awards! These nominees have been chosen by Xixax users, mods, and admins. Vote in the poll above to help decide the winner!
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The 2018 Xixax Awards / Best Director
« Last post by Jeremy Blackman on April 19, 2018, 03:24:10 PM »
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The 2018 Xixax Awards / Best Female Performance
« Last post by Jeremy Blackman on April 19, 2018, 03:23:13 PM »
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The 2018 Xixax Awards / Best Male Performance
« Last post by Jeremy Blackman on April 19, 2018, 03:21:34 PM »
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The 2018 Xixax Awards / Best Ensemble Cast
« Last post by Jeremy Blackman on April 19, 2018, 03:18:27 PM »
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The 2018 Xixax Awards / Best Minor Role Performance
« Last post by Jeremy Blackman on April 19, 2018, 03:13:55 PM »
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The 2018 Xixax Awards / Best Screenplay
« Last post by Jeremy Blackman on April 19, 2018, 03:11:13 PM »
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