January 16th, 2015

My Update Portrait

Corporations versus Countries


If I just produce the transparent ideal accepted by the Western experts, a process of privatization which will be very good but never happen, that means nothing. - Anatoly Chubais

The recent Charlie Hebdo attacks recently brought outrage throughout the world. This outrage was expressed vehemently by the press, who considered this attack a slap in the face to free speech across the globe. As a result, there have been a number of responses by the press, including an image of a crying Muhammad on the cover of Charlie Hebdo.

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Snowpiercer: - Or when doesPolitical allegory overwhelm artistic merits? (SPOILERS)

A little bit of back-story on this. Going back to last August, I had been visiting relatives in the Dallas area. We wanted to watch a movie after dinner, and since the one we wanted wasn't yet available for streaming, we went with the highly rated (by users and critics) "Snowpiercer".

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So: for those who have seen the film or who didn't mind being spoiled above, how do you read/reconcile these aspects? Do you read the film's message less harshly, or altogether differently? When does what the author of an artist work is saying on the face of it, overshadow and overwhelm the artistic merit of the film in question? The film is very well made, I can't deny, in many artistic aspects and in its characterizations, writing and performances.

All told, my relatives and I would have preferred our first choice, another Chris Evans film "Winter Soldier", than this. We kind of laughed at the ending, not even realizing if the ending was the actual ending, for a few moments, but the more I gave it thought the more disturbing the implications became.

*edit* Added offtopic to the tags, because it's Friday, and I'm not certain there's enough political meat here as opposed to discussion of the film itself and criticism of that. Either way: Bases covered.