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The International

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Even those of us who know better would still like to believe in a world in which large, sweeping problems are always caused by evil, powerful people conspiring on a grand scale. Let us indulge in a little fantasy that the ongoing economic collapse is the result of a few bad apples who, formidable though they may be, could in theory be tracked down and shot. It naturally follows that this is true of all your institutional problems, be they with banks or schools or whatever: Somewhere, there is some evil guy whom you could just take it upon yourself to kill, and the problem would go away.

Remember this? It’s the stilt house from Lethal Weapon 2. It symbolizes the South Africa pro-apartheid government, and how it was destined not to last, and how all it really needed was a traditional black-white American cop duo to tear it down.

Much more interesting is that the trailer for Lethal Weapon 2 was really just a trailer for the first ten minutes of the movie, which had nothing to do with South Africa, or even any specific bad guys. And yet it still fits, because it’s about how the American dream of domestic bliss gets messed up at every turn. You think you’re doing something as simple as sitting in your bathroom, reading Field And Stream, when boom, you realize that you’ve been tracked down by haters of all things suburban…

Stilt house image from I Am Not A Stalker.

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars

MultiplicityNow that Lucas has completely forsaken meaningful storytelling, there’s no reason to get excited about a further descent into complete digital abstraction.

Clone Wars Trailer

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