Contemporary film criticism increasingly takes the form of a ceaseless hunt for hidden messages in movies. In addition to producing outlandish interpretations, it is also confusing the role of art in society.
Recent service industry hero tales like The Menu, A Gentleman in Moscow, and The Bear are not crafted for the people whose work they romanticize, but for their bosses, managers and customers. What message are these stories meant to deliver?
The Knives Out franchise stymies political consciousness by gratifying the desire for reality to conform to the liberal viewer’s fantasies.
Are you sure you weren’t rooting for the Americans all along?
The culture industry makes fun of classical music even while defending it.
No, and that’s OK.
We don’t need socialized dating apps. We need to eliminate the social conditions that make them useful.