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300: Rise of an Empire – The Half-Truths and Bloody Fog of Cartoon War

Summary:  Today we have a guest post by film critic Locke Peterseim, a review of 300: Rise of an Empire. The film provides a mirror in which we can see the dark aspects of ourselves and our culture. 300 and its sequel show how the big screen illuminates the darkness in minds.  Setting half-historical “facts” …

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Transformers 4: the Greatest Film Ever Made About 21st Century America

Summary:  Today we have another guest post by film critic Locke Peterseim. He discusses how Michael Bay’s “Transformers 4”, giant space robots knocking the oil out of each other amidst amber waves of grain, perfectly capturing 21st-century America’s  most fevered dreams of itself. Post your comments about the film — and this review! . Transformers …

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“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” asks if you want a Revolution

Summary:  Today we have a guest post by film critic Locke Peterseim, a review of “Catching Fire” that uses it as a mirror to our culture — a reflection showing how we want to see ourselves. It expresses my own view, more clearly and deeply than I could. Including the disorientation I feel when looking …

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