Existentialist anarchism – Will To Exist http://willtoexist.com/ Thu, 17 Nov 2022 18:01:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://willtoexist.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-6-120x120.png Existentialist anarchism – Will To Exist http://willtoexist.com/ 32 32 Black Panther vs. Black Adam https://willtoexist.com/black-panther-vs-black-adam/ Wed, 16 Nov 2022 11:02:10 +0000 https://willtoexist.com/black-panther-vs-black-adam/ With the death of lead actor Chadwick Boseman and the actress playing his sister, Letitia Wright, variously reported as severely concussed or (for better or worse) stubbornly opposed to vaccines, it’s a wonder the film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever exist. Plus, it’s better than Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson’s nearly simultaneous bland vanity piece. black adamwho […]]]>

With the death of lead actor Chadwick Boseman and the actress playing his sister, Letitia Wright, variously reported as severely concussed or (for better or worse) stubbornly opposed to vaccines, it’s a wonder the film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever exist. Plus, it’s better than Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson’s nearly simultaneous bland vanity piece. black adamwho has no such excuses (and who has shelved some of the plans and marketing for the impending Shazam sequel, though that movie is probably more entertaining). Wakanda and Adamreleased a month apart, each depict an African kingdom with a magical hero-ruler beset by evil forces from the West.

The former is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the latter in the DC Universe, and as usual with both of these universes, the former is fun even when dealing with very serious subjects, while the latter is oddly dark. even when he is ostensibly doing fun parties. Hopefully new DCU boss James Gunn, a veteran not just of Marvel but also of trashy and funny Troma Studios, can inject some fun into the DCU before it’s too late. But at least black adam gave longtime DC fans a taste of the Justice Society (the forerunner team to the Justice League), so we can solemnly check that out on the wishlist even if this movie’s main character doesn’t get never right away.

If it’s a sci-fi mix of the serious and the surreal you want, you might be better off checking out the new movie. something in the dirt from the writer/director pair Benson and Moorhead who made the Marvel show moon knight. moon knightlike the show Legion and the monstrous Demon Bear in the movie New Mutantswas inspired in part by the sketchy, psychotic Marvel Comics art of Bill Sienkiewicz – and similarly, a Benson/Moorhead horror movie usually promises to combine existentialism, trippy-stoner disorientation, and a force distorting like time travel. something in the dirt seems like it may turn out to be metafictional to boot. Reality is taking a beating in movies and TV these days.

In wakanda forever, however, it’s the Marvel print canon and Greek legend that takes a beating. Specifically, the villain/anti-hero Namor, the Submarine is here transformed from King of Atlantis to King of the analogous Latin American undersea kingdom of Tlalocan (as it is commonly transliterated from Aztec). Perhaps neither ever existed. Or maybe they are two legends derived from the same historical floods. Or maybe Plato’s story of Atlantis near Greece was really a description of Mauritania in Africa, in which case one would think a Black Panther franchise in Africa might have saved itself the trip across the ocean. (Perhaps these questions will be explored in Graham Hancock’s Netflix documentary series on theories of alternative archeology called ancient apocalypse.)

In any case, this reimagining of Namor, which is perhaps the most interesting thing in the film besides the absence of Boseman, effectively pits a magical army of violent Latino warriors against a magical army of violent black warriors, who at my great astonishment seems, like the previous film in the series, not to have offended anyone so far. It’s considered progress – or maybe I should say “Excelsior!” And if the Greeks feel fooled to be robbed of Namor, they didn’t make a big fuss about it. The Greeks aren’t marginal enough to worry about, I guess.

It’s all a fair reinterpretation of the character/country, I’d say, especially considering Marvel’s need to distinguish this movie from DC’s big hit. Aquaman from a few years ago, he also being King of Atlantis. It’s also in keeping with the spirit of the original comics that Namor is stubborn and belligerent in an ancient world fashion, to the point of being terrifying. There is sometimes a thin line between the assertiveness of a marginal population and outright fascism (see: Spike Lee’s Malcolm XJanet Jackson’s “Rhythm Nation” clip, the valorization of a slave tribe in Woman KingChappelle’s recent SNL monologue), but even Hollywood can sometimes strike a natural balance between the two.

A weird side effect of Namor’s transposition – with his tiny flight-enabling ankle wings looking at least as plausible as an Aztec mystical flourish here as always in the comics as a Greek nod to light-footed Hermes – about Latin America is that we are told that Namor is compared by his people to “Kukulkan, the Feathered Serpent” aka the Aztec god Quetzalcoatl, who also happens to be a serpentine Satan-like presence in many conspiracy theories in decades, some rooted in “lost civilization” tales.

Ever since Marvel’s WWII precursor team for the Avengers, called the Invaders, included Capt. America (a blond super-soldier), the Human Torch (the robot version), and Namor (now equated with Quetzalcoatl), these films could easily build on the revelation that the Allies were still ruled by a three-part coalition of fascists, d ‘IA and reptilian gods. Marvel might extract some weird cultural material here, but so do true Latinos.

Nearly 30 years ago, a friend and I attended an evening discussion of a left-wing group, and their guest speakers were colleagues of Mexican anarchists, which led them to explain with slight embarrassment that some Mexican anarchists sympathize with Nazis and skinheads, in part because some believe that ancient Mexican legends about the Aztecs are some kind of master race guided by space gods, which among other things gives them the right to taking over the American Southwest, seeing it not only as once part of Mexico (no argument there) but also once part of a legendary ocean civilization called Aztlan (which allegedly has Tlalocan as its capital).

Again, this might be hogwash, but I have to admit, the civilization name sounds oddly familiar. In the Marvel comics, characters spawned by aliens called the Inhumans also lived centuries ago on the similar-sounding island of Attilan, but I don’t know if this will be incorporated into future movies or shows of TV. Given the low ratings of Marvel’s short-lived Inhumans TV show, probably not.

In the meantime, if you want to see a more serious and realistic look at navigating cross-cultural waters, the actor who plays Namor, Tenoch Huerta, can also take on the role of a butterfly seeker trying to balance his rural upbringing by Central America and his life as a scientist in New York in the film Sons of monarchs(co-produced by libertarians I know, lest everyone thinks we’ve all become border wall followers).

And speaking of weird water-adjacent pop culture characters, I erroneously said in a column a few months ago that the band Wet Leg are from the Isle of Man, but of course they’re from the Isle of Wight – a name that sounds suspiciously like yet another whimsical ethnic enclave, perhaps fodder for a future Marvel movie starring Captain Britain.

Todd Seavey is the author of Libertarianism for Beginners and is on Twitter at @ToddSeavey

Chumbawamba frontman Dunstan Bruce performs a one man play https://willtoexist.com/chumbawamba-frontman-dunstan-bruce-performs-a-one-man-play/ Mon, 14 Nov 2022 14:35:53 +0000 https://willtoexist.com/chumbawamba-frontman-dunstan-bruce-performs-a-one-man-play/ Dunstan Bruce was on vocals with the Leeds Chumbawamba anarchists who were the most unlikely pop stars of all time, and who can forget when they threw an ice bucket at Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott at the Brits. Dunstan was at the heart of their journey from West Yorkshire squats to the top of […]]]>

Dunstan Bruce was on vocals with the Leeds Chumbawamba anarchists who were the most unlikely pop stars of all time, and who can forget when they threw an ice bucket at Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott at the Brits.

Dunstan was at the heart of their journey from West Yorkshire squats to the top of the charts with the anthem Tubthumping, which despite all odds lifted him to number two on the charts.

The band broke up ten years ago and now they’re back with a new solo piece, Am I Invisible Yet?, which visits Leeds Playhouse. Unsurprisingly, written by an anarchist living in our messy world, it’s presented as a rollercoaster ride of despair, anger, love, and ultimately hope. Dunstan Bruce says it offers audiences a tumultuous journey that will resonate with anyone who once thought they could change the world.

So what is a one man show?

It’s basically my personal journey around the idea of, ‘What do you do when you reach middle age, when you’re still angry and want to stay relevant and visible? Where is your place in the world?’ I take people on an existential journey through poetry, prose, music and film. To be clear, it’s not a cozy fireside chat that reminds me of my “Tubthumping” past, but rather a vital outburst of angst, anger, and desire. It’s a love letter to hope, to humanity, and to the disordered heart. It’s humorous too – it’s not a lecture.

Does playing in a regional theatrical powerhouse like the Playhouse feel like a homecoming?

Coming back to Leeds still does. Whether it’s playing with Interrobang – the band I formed in the mid-2010s – or doing this show. It’s weird, I still feel like a northerner, it doesn’t leave you. This is where I grew up for the second time, this is where my peers are, this is where my closest friends are, this place is full of so many lasting memories.

But Dunstan, you’re based down south now.

I want people to see that I didn’t lose that fire, that desire after emigrating south. I’m not going to lie; I want to impress people with the show. I want to blow their socks off. And I still want to be considered one of them, one of the community that continues the continuum of dissent.

Were you surprised by the level of mainstream success achieved by the band?

It was completely crazy. We never wanted to have a hit single, to be famous. We were happy to be an indie band that made a living from constant touring. It was an absolute blast. We had found a way to make it work and it was amazing. When ‘Tubthumping’ happened as we seized the moment with both hands, we jumped in, we took the risk because we had nothing to lose. We wanted adventure, we wanted to do something different, we wanted to see what it was like to be in the mainstream, trying to change the world from within. Turns out it was a pretty depressing place, but hey, we tried to do something with this platform, with this fame that quickly turned into infamy!

Do you still feel like you can change the world?

In a word, yes. I think we are changing the world every day in small, small ways. Maybe the goal posts moved, maybe the bar got lower, maybe my expectations changed, maybe I became realistic, but yeah, I realized that change can happen in different ways. It doesn’t have to be a huge, beautiful gesture or a massive seismic shift to feel like it’s making a difference.


Touring the show and doing the Q&A after the show helped me realize that maybe I’m contributing every day, nudging people, nudging them, inspiring them, even irritating them so that they get back into the fray.

The words ‘I get knocked down but I get back up’ from this hit single are displayed in neon on the side of Leeds Playhouse, how does that make you feel?

Ridiculously proud! Alice Nutter once said, “It’s better to be a successful wonder than an unsuccessful wonder,” and that always made me laugh. She responded to people who accused us of selling like having a hit was something we should be ashamed of.

You describe your play as “a roller coaster of desperation, anger, love and hope”, would you say that you are more optimistic than angry these days?

I would say I’m a bit of a swinger. One day, I’m incredibly depressed by the news; the next day, I see a small action that a group of people have done, and I think: “Yes! Things can change!” Part of the show is about a young generation of artists and activists who give me hope. Lots of hope. It’s not over yet.

So Dunstan, should we be angrier?

What is this slogan? “If you’re not angry, you’re not really paying attention.” I think it’s more than we can let go, we have to keep going. We must!

What kind of conversations do you hope the show will spark?

One of the things the show manages to do is create a sense of community; that we are literally all in the same boat. Not in the condescending, bullshit way that conservatives try to make us believe. The post-show Q&A in particular is incredibly rewarding because it becomes a conversation, a discussion that we all share, it’s not just me preaching to converts. It’s about all of us sharing our experiences and feelings about getting older, how we stay relevant, stay engaged. And that means people don’t feel alone.

Dunstan Brice Am I still invisible? is at the Courtyard Theater at the Leeds Playhouse on Saturday 26 November. Book online at www.leedsplayhouse.org.uk or at the box office on 0113 213 7700.

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‘People have legitimate reasons to be concerned’: Crypto industry insiders react to Binance’s plans to acquire FTX https://willtoexist.com/people-have-legitimate-reasons-to-be-concerned-crypto-industry-insiders-react-to-binances-plans-to-acquire-ftx/ Tue, 08 Nov 2022 19:42:00 +0000 https://willtoexist.com/people-have-legitimate-reasons-to-be-concerned-crypto-industry-insiders-react-to-binances-plans-to-acquire-ftx/ Industry insiders were quick to react on Tuesday following news of a planned deal between two of the world’s largest crypto exchanges – Binance and FTX. Binance co-founder Changpeng Zhao tweeted that the exchange had signed a letter of intent to fully acquire FTX. The news came after Alameda Research’s balance sheet showed around 40% […]]]>

Industry insiders were quick to react on Tuesday following news of a planned deal between two of the world’s largest crypto exchanges – Binance and FTX.

Binance co-founder Changpeng Zhao tweeted that the exchange had signed a letter of intent to fully acquire FTX. The news came after Alameda Research’s balance sheet showed around 40% of the company’s $14.6 billion assets were attributed to FTT, the token that powers FTX, as CoinDesk reported. last week.

FTT was trading at around $14.98 before the announcement of the FTX acquisition. Soon after, it jumped to $19.33. FTT is currently trading at $4.50.

See: Binance plans to buy rival exchange FTX in deal that shakes up the crypto industry

“I fear that the decentralization that we have all fought for is in jeopardy and this is a perfect example of why,” Daniel Keller, co-founder of Flux, a decentralized cloud infrastructure, said in an email to MarketWatch.

“When we place the future of Defi and decentralization in the hands of a few key industry players, we are back to square one with legacy finance. I hope this ongoing game with leverage and high risk of user funds will end soon.

Keller said this is another reason why decentralized finance needs to grow rapidly, adding that in a bear market, many crypto-related projects start to falter and user assets are at risk.

Some wondered if this acquisition meant the crypto was dying out.

Pascal Gauthier, CEO and President of Ledger, a hardware wallet for crypto assets, said crypto won’t go away, but this acquisition highlights an important aspect of security and centralized exchanges.

“People have legitimate reasons to be concerned about the security of their digital assets if one of the world’s largest centralized exchanges gets into financial trouble,” he told MarketWatch. Gauthier further added that there will be more critical digital assets in our future than fewer, “which is why users should take ownership of their encryption keys.”

The combination of FTX and Binance has sparked conversations online about crypto keys, which are like a password made up of a long string of letters and numbers that allow people to access and manage their own crypto. .

Centralized exchanges hold keys on behalf of users, with the promise of security and convenience, but some industry insiders are urging people to take ownership of their own key. The phrase “not your keys, not your crypto” emerged on Twitter to let people know that no crypto exchange is too big to fail. This sentiment was already popular within the decentralized financial community prior to the announcement of the acquisition.

“It is clear that FTX did not enter into this agreement with Binance from a position of strength,” said Ryan Shea, crypto economist at Trakx, a crypto index trading platform. “As an exchange, FTX shouldn’t have much balance sheet risk and should have been able to process customer withdrawals, albeit with some delays due to infrastructure bottlenecks.”

“The speed with which this agreement was reached suggests that the situation at FTX and/or Alameda Research was of a more serious, potentially existential nature. Given this, I strongly suspect that authorities will be keen to analyze what happened and use this latest crypto ‘incident’ as justification to advance the implementation of tougher regulations,” he said. he adds.

“Hardcore crypto-anarchists may find such notions repulsive, but this is likely a necessary condition for wider public adoption of cryptocurrencies, as regulation brings with it the perception of legitimacy. This will also help encourage institutional investors into the sector, as they are used to operating in a regulated environment. »

It’s unclear what this means for the broader crypto industry, but Yesha Yadav, a law professor at Vanderbilt University, believes the acquisition will spark key discussions about how to create better regulation and rules for govern crypto exchanges.

“The power of these conflicts was revealed in the collapse of FTX, with Alameda’s risky balance creating conditions that caused a run on the business and threatened client funds,” Yadav told MarketWatch. “No doubt this event will spark discussions on how to create standards of transparency and robust governance of crypto exchanges to better ensure that these systemic institutions for the crypto industry can operate safely and transparently. ”

FTX did not respond to request for comment and Binance did not immediately respond to request for comment.

Yadav added that “if FTX can fall this way, then it’s a clear red flag that no crypto company is too big and too popular to fail.”

11 Best Hacking Movies and TV Shows https://willtoexist.com/11-best-hacking-movies-and-tv-shows/ Wed, 02 Nov 2022 09:58:00 +0000 https://willtoexist.com/11-best-hacking-movies-and-tv-shows/ In the digital age, activities that compromise the cybersecurity of organizations or individuals are becoming more common, as is their depiction in movies. Such acts are called “hacking”, and the people who participate in them are called hackers. There are three main types of hackers: White hats: These are also called ethical hackers. They hack […]]]>

In the digital age, activities that compromise the cybersecurity of organizations or individuals are becoming more common, as is their depiction in movies. Such acts are called “hacking”, and the people who participate in them are called hackers.

There are three main types of hackers:

White hats: These are also called ethical hackers. They hack to improve system security and often work with the government and military.

Black hats: These are the people that come to mind when you think of a hacker. A skinny, hat-wearing geek, wreaking havoc in his seedy basement. Black hats hack to steal money and information, or blackmail other people.

Gray Hats: They hack into systems without permission but have no malicious intent. Instead, they follow unethical practices to report flaws in unassuming systems and then demand a reward.

Like piracy, movies based on piracy have also become popular these days, thanks to the advent of computers and the easy availability of high-speed internet. While hacking movies may sound boring, that’s far from the truth. Hacking movies and TV shows can also be quite intriguing and informative. They can also instill a passion for computers in people. On that note, we bring you the list of top 11 hacking movies and TV shows.

1. Who am I

Release year: 2014

Cast: Tom Schilling, Elyas M’Barek, Wotan Wilke, Hannah Herzsrpung, Stephan Kampwirth

Who Am I is a German techno-thriller film about international hacker groups. Who Am I centers on a socially awkward programmer, Benjamin, who joins a notorious hacker group and soon finds himself at the top of Europe’s most wanted terrorist list.

What follows is an intense chase as Benjamin tries to evade the authorities and a dangerous group of hackers at the same time. Who am I? is directed by Baran Bo Odar and features many twists. It’s a must-watch for anyone looking for a great hack movie.

2. The Matrix

The Matrix (1999)

Release year: 1999

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Joe Pantoliano

The Matrix asks the question, “What if our world wasn’t real and we lived in a computer simulation? Written and directed by the Wachowski sisters, The Matrix follows a computer hacker Neo, who is chosen by a fringe group to help them in their war against “machines” and AI harvesting humans in the future for energy.

There are plenty of sci-fi and hacking scenes in The Matrix, as well as jaw-dropping action sequences. The Matrix is ​​an essential watch for anyone even remotely interested in hacking or science fiction.

3. Mister Robot

Mister Robot

Release year: 2015 – 2019

Cast: Rami Malek, Christian Slater, Carly Chaikin, Portia Doubleday

Mr. Robot is an acclaimed TV show that won praise for its near-accurate depiction of hacking. Mr. Robot does not give in to drama and features long, inexplicable hacking scenes that make no sense. Instead, the show takes a realistic approach to hacking and appeals to viewers’ curiosity.

Mr. Robot is created by Sam Esmail and follows a reclusive programmer Elliot as he is recruited by an anarchist named Mr. Robot to join his underground hacker group.

4. Sneakers

Sneakers (1992)

Release year: 1992

Cast: Robert Redford, Sidney Poitier, River Phoenix, Dan Aykroyd, Ben Kingsley, Mary McDonnell

Sneakers is an American thriller centered on the concept of cybersecurity. The film is directed by Phil Alden Robinson and written by Lawrence Lasker and Walter Parkes. Sneakers follows the leader of a hacking group that specializes in security testing various San Francisco businesses.

But things get complicated when NSA agents ask him to steal a top-secret black box before it falls into the wrong hands. Sneakers is a suspenseful and very entertaining watch. It received positive reviews upon release and was also a financial success.

5. War Games

War Games (1983)

Release year: 1983

Cast: Matthew Broderick, John Wood, Ally Sheedy, Dabney Coleman

WarGames is a techno sci-fi thriller that was way ahead of its time when it was released. WarGames follows a high school student named David Lightman, who unpretentiously hacks into the US military’s supercomputer designed to simulate, predict, and execute nuclear war against the Soviet Union.

WarGames was directed by John Badham from an original screenplay by Lawrence Lasker and Walter F. Parkes. The film was a big hit at the box office and is considered one of the best science fiction films of all time.



Release year: 2016

Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Olyphant, Nicolas Cage

Snowden is based on Edward Snowden, the American intelligence consultant who leaked the National Security Agency’s (NSA) mass surveillance plans. Snowden follows the titular whistleblower as he becomes disillusioned with the NSA’s spying on ordinary citizens and decides to leak the secrets to the press.

Snowden is subsequently branded a traitor by some, a hero by others, and hunted down by the authorities. He currently resides in Russia.

7. Live Free or Die Hard

Live Free or Die Hard (2007)

Release year: 2007

Cast: Bruce Willis, Timothy Olyphant, Justin Long, Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Live Free or Die Hard is an action movie where the bad guys aren’t Russian, Arab or linked to drug cartels. Instead, the film features a former defense analyst turned cyber-terrorist as a villain who wants to weaken America’s digital infrastructure.

Veteran cop John McClane is tasked with bringing in a hacker who has the key to stopping antagonist Thomas Gabriel’s nefarious plans. Die Hard 4 is a must-have watch for any hacking or action enthusiast.

8. The girl with the dragon tattoo

The girl with the dragon tattoo

Release year: 2011

Cast: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer, Robin Wright, Stellan Skarsgard

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is based on Stieg Larsson’s bestseller of the same name. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo follows a journalist and an anti-social hacker who team up to solve the 40-year-old mystery of a missing woman.

However, keep in mind that The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is not for the faint-hearted. The film features brutal violence, gruesome plot twists, and graphic assault scenes. In fact, the Indian censorship board demanded so many cuts from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo that director David Fincher decided to scrap the theatrical release of the film in India.

9. Mission: Impossible Series

Mission: Impossible Series

Release year: 1996 – Present

Cast: Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson, Alec Baldwin, Henry Cavill, Jeremy Renner

Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible series has become synonymous with gripping action sequences and iconic face reveal moments. But each film in the series also features a hacking scene.

Ving Rhames played hacker Luther Stickell in all six films and delivered some great one-liners.

10. A Wednesday!

A Wednesday !  (2008)

Release year: 2008

Cast: Anupam Kher, Naseeruddin Shah, Jimmy Sheirgill, Deepal Shaw

A Wednesday ! isn’t primarily about piracy, but has earned a spot on this list. The film was way ahead of its time in its portrayal of police work, terrorism, and politics. A Wednesday ! revolves around a mysterious caller who threatens the Mumbai police with a bomb attack unless they release four terrorists. Eventually, the police enlist the help of a hacker to locate the caller.

11. Ghost in the Shell

Ghost in the Shell (1995)

Release year: 1995

Cast: Atsuko Tanaka, Akio Otsuka, Iemasa Kayumi

Ghost in the Shell is a cyberpunk animated thriller based on the popular Japanese manga series of the same name. Although animated, Ghost in the Shell is aimed primarily at adults and consists of deeply philosophical and existential themes.

Ghost in the Shell follows a cyborg public safety officer who tracks down a mysterious hacker who hacks into the minds of cyborg-human hybrids.


Hacking has many types and purposes. We’ve featured the 11 best movies and TV shows about hacking, ranging from action movies and thrillers to anime. I hope you liked the list and learned something new about hacking. We will continue to bring you more insightful content related to film and education. In the meantime, take another look at the best hacking movies and TV shows. And check out related articles below.

  • Who am I
  • The matrix
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  • War games
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  • Live free or die hard
  • The girl with the dragon tattoo
  • Mission: impossible series
  • A Wednesday
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Loblaws responds to “greed”; Biden’s security strategy continues trend of US global hegemony; UK’s Liz Truss resigns as Prime Minister; Slavoj Žižek’s Theory of Ideology – The Brock Press https://willtoexist.com/loblaws-responds-to-greed-bidens-security-strategy-continues-trend-of-us-global-hegemony-uks-liz-truss-resigns-as-prime-minister-slavoj-zizeks-theory-of-ideology-the-brock/ Tue, 25 Oct 2022 01:22:51 +0000 https://willtoexist.com/loblaws-responds-to-greed-bidens-security-strategy-continues-trend-of-us-global-hegemony-uks-liz-truss-resigns-as-prime-minister-slavoj-zizeks-theory-of-ideology-the-brock/ Photo by: Brenden Cowan Haytham Nawaz CANADA: LOBLAWS PRICE FREEZE AND NDP INQUIRY ON GROCERY Food prices have skyrocketed over the past year. In light of soaring prices, Loblaws recently froze prices for its no-name products. Loblaws Chairman and President Galen Weston Jr. announced that “to help Canadians curb food inflation, we are focusing on […]]]>

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Haytham Nawaz


Food prices have skyrocketed over the past year.

In light of soaring prices, Loblaws recently froze prices for its no-name products. Loblaws Chairman and President Galen Weston Jr. announced that “to help Canadians curb food inflation, we are focusing on what is within our control.” Weston says the inflation is not the conglomerate’s doing, but the result of higher price demands from suppliers. Meanwhile, Loblaws’ second-quarter earnings rose 2.9%, or $356 million, from earnings in the same quarter a year earlier.

This excuse is not new to frustrated consumers.

Oligopolies like Loblaws claim that supply chain issues are the reason prices are the way they are, when in reality it is a matter of monopolization. It’s also probably no coincidence that this price freeze comes just as the NDP’s motion to investigate rising grocery prices, aka “greed,” passed unanimously. among members of the House of Commons. This means the Liberal government is being asked on a non-binding basis to question big food companies through a range of methods.

With recent interest rate hikes from the Bank of Canada, prices may start to come down on their own. Yet this survey is important because it will reveal the problems associated with not breaking up large grocery conglomerates.


The United States Congress has mandated a document that recently emerged from the White House called the “National Security Strategy” (NSS) that continues a nearly decade-long trend of placing China as the states’ greatest threat. .

The document presents a popular split at the moment in light of the war in Ukraine, that of the democratic west against the autocratic east. Biden’s document worries about China’s power on the world stage and, instead of offering a less hegemonic and expansive alternative foreign policy framework, says the US will continue to try to compete with expansion Chinese.

In “Part III” of the document, Biden outlines ways to “compete” with China and “restrain” Russia. This is just further proof of America’s existential need to dominate the world. Now that the Soviet Union is irrelevant, other imperial countries – which are undoubtedly problematic in their own right – are presented as bogeymen from which the United States will liberate the world.


Liz Truss ascended to the executive cabinet as Prime Minister of the UK in early September and, just 44 days into her term, resigned as the Tories have been in a relentless scandal over Truss’s reckless budget proposals that cut the main business taxes.

At a time of high inflation and disrupted global supply chains, cutting corporation tax without a refund plan is sure to send negative press to the Tories.

Truss also ran on the promise to approve more than 100 new oil drilling licenses, although renewable wind power alternatives are cheaper. Notably, some of Truss’s campaign donors included a pro-fracking group as well as a former Brexit MEP who claimed climate change was a “religion”.

As the now former Prime Minister walks away from Parliament, Britain’s working class may be able to catch their breath, if only for a moment, as speculation over Boris Johnson’s return to the executive seat is in the air.


Slavoj Žižek is probably the best-known “communist” in the Western world. His books have sold well around the world and clips of him regularly attract a large following on YouTube.

Ideology is a notion that acquires a philosophical value felt in the canon thanks to the works of Karl Marx, whose famous critique of capital produced the main formula of ideology in continental thought for a century: “they don’t know it , but they do. ”

Marx’s conception of ideology separates the intentional thought behind an action from the reality of the action itself. It does this because when people engage in the market they don’t exchange commodities such as money, coke, canapes and whatever else paying attention to the heterogeneous processes of labor who created these goods, but paying attention to homogeneous abstract values. of the objectified labor time embodied in the commodity, which manifests itself in the price.

The Marxist gesture of ideological criticism therefore always consists in lifting the veil on the gap between idealist intentionality and the material actuality of the actions of the subjects.

Žižek both problematizes and rectifies Marxist theory of ideology by asserting that there are literally nothing apart from ideology. Using the work of psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan, Žižek shows how the symbolic order AKA ideology, or the big Other, is necessary to establish intersubjective relationships. He rejects the idea that by completely covering the gap between one’s intention and the raw reality of one’s actions, one can live in a post-ideological world without exploitation. One can instead establish new axioms, or in Lacan, master signifiers, to build an ideological edifice that replaces the hegemony of capital over the symbolic universe.

Whether this new ideology is called communism, socialism, anarchism or whatever, it will necessarily rely on ideological fantasies to function according to Žižek.

Therefore, the left should embrace the do of ideology, the ideal-material gap it creates, instead of trying to overcome it or go beyond it.

(Crypto-)anarchy in the UK – POLITICO https://willtoexist.com/crypto-anarchy-in-the-uk-politico/ Thu, 20 Oct 2022 21:17:15 +0000 https://willtoexist.com/crypto-anarchy-in-the-uk-politico/ With help from Derek Robertson Rishi Sunak, the UK’s former finance minister, holds a press conference on the 2021 budget in London. | Tolga Akmen/WPA Pool/Getty Images The month of chaos in the UK, which reached a crescendo today with the resignation of Prime Minister Liz Truss, has a surprising winner: crypto backers. The reshuffle […]]]>

With help from Derek Robertson

The month of chaos in the UK, which reached a crescendo today with the resignation of Prime Minister Liz Truss, has a surprising winner: crypto backers.

The reshuffle and the way it unfolded – through a financial bailout and havoc in the bond market – only reinforces the crypto industry’s skeptical narrative about the relationship between governments and the financial system. And when the dust clears again, chances are the next head of government will be a strong advocate for digital assets.

For crypto believers, recent events in the UK have historical resonance. Bitcoin was invented during the last global financial crisis and first adopted by a group of crypto-anarchists who wanted to break out of the existing system. The first block of Bitcoin transactions ever sent was embedded in a Times of London headline from January 2009, “Chancellor on Brink of Second Bailout for Banks.”

Fast forward to 2022, and suddenly the UK is in rescue mode again. As the Bank of England raised rates to fight inflation, Truss’s government offered inflationary energy subsidies and tax cuts for the wealthy, which were touted as pro-growth. In response, the value of some UK government bonds, called gilts, fell, prompting margin calls on many of the pension funds that held them. This threatened to bankrupt some of the pension funds, forcing a bailout of the Bank of England bond market and a reversal of Truss’ fiscal plans.

Anyway, here are some headlines from The Times of London from the past few weeks:

How a ‘safe bet’ brought gilt markets to the brink

These pensions were intended to protect your savings. Now they’ve gone wrong

One from the FT: “BoE governor bets insisting on ending bond buying operation

And one from Bloomberg:UK government seeks to restore credibility after BOE bailout

You could say they have the energy of 2009.

So crypto looks…stable? A common criticism of cryptocurrencies, and sometimes cited by regulators (including the bank of england in July) is their high price volatility.

These concerns surfaced earlier this year when crypto markets crashed, losing two-thirds of their value within months. Crypto backers were quick to point out that some tech stocks actually saw bigger declines, including Netflix, which lost 35 percent of its value in a single trading session in April.

Recent events give them an even better talking point: amid the chaos of the past month, volatility in some long-term UK sovereign bonds has at times exceeded that of Bitcoin.

It’s one thing for some tech stocks to exhibit crypto-like volatility. It’s quite another when the sovereign bonds of a developed economy – which are supposed to be the low-risk (or even “risk-free”) cornerstones of the global financial system – suffer such price swings.

And it’s not just the UK system that’s showing cracks. Other important nodes in global finance, notably the Bank of Japan, are also under acute strain.

“If Bitcoin was designed to provide a plan B, this is kind of the time when you see the traditional financial and monetary system facing a daunting challenge,” said Steven Lubka, chief executive of the financial services firm. Swan bitcoin.

Clearly, long-term gilts are just a slice of a country’s sovereign bonds, and hand-picked examples of high volatility elsewhere do not eliminate the risks associated with a new asset class to strong scam. But at least when it comes to Bitcoin – the oldest and most popular crypto asset – Gilt’s volatility undermines the argument that its volatility presents. unique risks, and disorder in Britain plays directly into the founding narrative of its early adherents.

Then there is the question of what comes next. In April, then Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak unveiled a plan to make the UK a crypto hub.

Last month, Truss beat Sunak to succeed Boris Johnson as Tory leader, and thus prime minister, leaving his pro-crypto rival relegated to the sidelines.

But as she sought to cling to power in her final days, Truss was reduced to installing Sunak supporters in top cabinet positions, including the Home Office and the Exchequer.

With Truss out, anyone can guess what happens next at Westminster, but Sunak is seen as a leading candidate to succeed him.

The first view from a corner of the House of Lords is that Sunak is the main competitor: “I suspect he is! And the odds are high,” Liberal Democrat Jeremy Purvis, Lord of Tweed, told me via text message. (Purvis himself is a crypto-skeptic and plans to raise concerns about its possible use to facilitate human trafficking during the upcoming parliamentary debate on an economic crime bill.)

There is a crypto casualty in the chaos: Sunak’s Financial Services and Markets Bill, which pave the way for the regulation of crypto financial activity in the UK, came for more consideration in committee yesterday, just in time to get lost in the shuffle as parliamentary say-order settle.

The Crypto Mining Appetite Debate electric power is becoming more urgent in Europe, where the energy crisis caused by the war in Ukraine is threatening the continent the whole economy.

What explains a paper published by the European Commission this week, recommending that if “there is a need for load shedding in power systems, member states must also be prepared to completely halt crypto-asset mining.”

The memo also recommends “an end to tax breaks and other fiscal measures benefiting crypto-miners currently in place in some member states”, and indicates that the Commission is working on developing an energy efficiency label for blockchains.

To activate the warning label, the EU Crypto-Asset Markets Bill, which has been passed by its Parliament earlier this month, will require crypto mining companies to disclose their energy consumption. It Could Be Dramatic: A White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Report published last month estimated that since 2018, the energy consumption of crypto mining has doubled or quadrupled. — Derek Robertson

In recent months, a host of regulators published new recommendations to make crypto more safe, stable and secure.

Late yesterday afternoon, one of the biggest players in the industry threw down his own gauntlet. In a blog post, FTX chief Sam Bankman-Fried described his own take on “Possible digital industry standardsmeant in his writings “to create clarity and protect customers pending comprehensive federal regulatory regimes.” The paper is just a set of recommendations for its peers, but it’s a useful window into how crypto titans might think about learning to live with regulation. Some highlights:

  • Create “block lists” to glaze sanctions evaders
  • Establish an industry standard that would pay hackers 5% of what they steal, as long as the rest is returned to customers, as a de facto “bug bounty”
  • Ensure that dollar-pegged stablecoins are “backed by at least as many US dollars (or federally issued treasury bills) as there are stable tokens in circulation”

Bankman-Fried also tackles the industry’s biggest existential dilemma, namely how regulators should classify cryptocurrency. He describes FTX’s current system for testing whether products on its exchange are securities, before saying, “Ideally, we would end up at a place as an industry where being a security is not a bad thing: where it are clear processes for digital recording. securities that protect customers while enabling innovation. — Derek Robertson

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Ben Schreckinger covers technology, finance and politics for POLITICO; he is a cryptocurrency investor.

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London squat opportunity of the week – store will eat itself – Freedom News https://willtoexist.com/london-squat-opportunity-of-the-week-store-will-eat-itself-freedom-news/ Tue, 18 Oct 2022 07:45:09 +0000 https://willtoexist.com/london-squat-opportunity-of-the-week-store-will-eat-itself-freedom-news/ In the second installment of Freedom’s lamentable rip-off of a much more successful column, to commemorate 10 years since squatting in apartment buildings was criminalized, George F casually presents housing opportunities for those who would like to take them. What is that? Do you remember eating? Do you remember those countless hours you spent frolicking […]]]>

In the second installment of Freedom’s lamentable rip-off of a much more successful column, to commemorate 10 years since squatting in apartment buildings was criminalized, George F casually presents housing opportunities for those who would like to take them.

What is that? Do you remember eating? Do you remember those countless hours you spent frolicking between the shelves laden with delicacies, frolicking with the merry nymphs that frequented the checkouts there, the endless feasts and delights? How did the hum of refrigeration units soothe your weary soul as you queued in sleepwalking bliss for the 30 minutes allotted to you to fill your food hole with the spreadsheet factory? Or did you maybe join the 6 p.m. queue, breathless with anticipation, your panties drenched in excitement as you struggled with the other raggamuffin hustlers to try and intercept a steamy pink bag of freshly sarnies trashed before they are ripped out by zealous garbage collectors?

Then in 2020 it was declared that we will eat no more. They were gobbled up by Pret a Manger, and their latest tweet from the bowels of this biggest beast exploded: “After 24 years of creating, making and serving real food, it’s time for us to say goodbye. Thank you to all of our wonderful guests – we loved every minute of our trip.

Do you sometimes hover outside the now eerily empty stores, your nose pressed against the glass, staring into the dark tomb of capitalism, still taunted by the command that insists you gorge yourself, when the shelves are now bare?


Now all the shelves are empty, but the ordering continues, and you force imaginary chopsticks into your mechanically snapping maw, chew on air muffins, and scoop up fictional memories of food from your all-too-real, hungry belly. Where once the hum of coolers soothed, now your stomach screams and gurgles like a backed-up drain as you strain to take that first bite with your eyes.

And there, in the glass, both between and beyond your own reflection, smeared through the grease and mist your breath and saliva have shared on the silica, an epigram:

While the abolitionists denounced the tyrannical power of the slaveholder, another group of reformers denounced the magnetic control of the hypnotist over his somnambulist subject as a form of psychological slavery.

The anti-slavery unconscious: mesmerism, voodoo and “equality”

Where is he?

Tantalizingly, the TO EAT the nearest to Buckingham Palace remains only temporarily closed, and every day as you battle rabid pelicans and confused tourists in the gardens of Green Park, you can rush there, across the city, from work in a convulsive migration that baffles your colleagues as you return to your post later and later, wilder and ravenous. Wondering if Andrew ever came, without a sweat, and lunched in these hallowed halls like he once did at the Pizza Express in Woking? Has the Big Lizzie ever donned a cape and beanie and walked the aisles in a Kappa tracksuit to rummage through the shelves for the latest sarnies? Did Bucky P’s butlers and serfs gather there to curse the royal face and feed on the lush bread contained within?

You know it’s inevitable. If you can longer EAT in EAT, then you must lock yourself inside and fast behind the dusty counters, in tribute and in memory, keeping the shelves empty waiting for the tasty bites to return. Your long watch begins, in potentially 75 locations across London. Others will join you, now resolved that if they cannot TO EATthen they must be starving.

What to do locally? Why aren’t all towns and thoroughfares adorned with such commands, in the style of They Live, the streets are filled with overly long fight sequences between wrestlers and aliens? Imperative one-word imperatives to every action – toilet under Mono Sans SHIT. The existential terror underlined by the word SCREAM written above each bridge. FEEL above each mirror. TO EXIST on each dial.

How do we get in? TALK, friend, and you will enter. The doors are just glass, and the euro locks, now gone from Brexit and become a dark obsolescence.

WONDER, friend, how one single word can compel, and about 550 others at last count do so little. Such is the mesmerism of capitalism. TO EATat the empty shop. SLEEPon immortal concrete. DREAMto wake up another. SPITand together we drown the bastards.

Wank, bollocks and doggerel, dear readerif you’ve ventured this far, then maybe you’ve grasped the shitty style of our hyped illusion. VICE talks about the rental nightmare, yet organizes Proud Boys and appropriates our mansion seizures in its relentless cooptation.

EAT, order the empty shop. SUBMIT, pressure vice. DESTROY, forces death-reality.

George F crouches down and writes.

Nadège Vanhée-Cybulski, artistic director of women’s fashion at Hermès https://willtoexist.com/nadege-vanhee-cybulski-artistic-director-of-womens-fashion-at-hermes/ Wed, 12 Oct 2022 17:00:00 +0000 https://willtoexist.com/nadege-vanhee-cybulski-artistic-director-of-womens-fashion-at-hermes/ Maybe that’s taking armchair psychology too far, but the Spring/Summer 2023 collection, which she finished weeks ago and which hangs on rails and rails – it’s vast – around us contains a lot of things that would look feminine and even sexy. Racerbacks, cropped sides, dresses you can’t really wear with a bra (don’t worry, […]]]>

Maybe that’s taking armchair psychology too far, but the Spring/Summer 2023 collection, which she finished weeks ago and which hangs on rails and rails – it’s vast – around us contains a lot of things that would look feminine and even sexy. Racerbacks, cropped sides, dresses you can’t really wear with a bra (don’t worry, she thought about it and used a stretch fabric that holds everything in place), little baby cashmere knit shorts mustard… its rebellious side stands out. But there is plenty of practicality, namely reversible garments and drawstring waists that allow the wearer to adjust the figure. These, along with his obsession with buttonholes and fastenings, mean that the duality of luxury and function runs through all of his collections. It’s the company’s 1837 origins – meticulously crafted leather saddles – rewritten as a fad.

For all her sophisticated tastes – the apartment she shares with her British gallerist husband Peter Cybulski, with its impeccably curated swirl of contemporary art by Rhys Coren and Julie Beaufils, Japanese porcelain, 1960s Italian lighting and a spongy sofa George Sherlock – she is a genuine rebel. In her late teens, she had short hair, hugely oversized jeans and white clogs — “so ugly,” she says. Yet some 20 years later she introduced a refined version in the Spring 2020 collection, and to the surprise of almost everyone, at over £700, the clogs have become cult.

To understand some of what makes Hermès so special, aside from the company’s almost religious insistence on quality, the endless waiting lists for its Birkins and Kellys, and the way the house seems to be slipping above the fray of the fashion trade, such as ditching the madness of several collections a year in favor of two, the old-fashioned way, we should stop for a moment with these clogs. Because as she would be the first to point out, it was not she who designed the clogs, it was Pierre Hardy who did.

‘The fact is that Hermès is a collective, with 16 different professions [specialisms is the nearest translation], each with their own creative director,” she explains. These professions are extremely diverse – leather, perfume, porcelain, watches, scarves and more recently make-up – but united by a reverence for craftsmanship.

“We’re like Jedi,” she says. “We all meet very early in the process of a collection to exchange ideas.” If she wants a shoe to complement a silhouette with a nipped-in waist and wide shoulders that she’s planning for the next collection, she can ask Hardy (who’s in charge of jewelry as well as shoes) what he can design, and he ‘I’ll come back with a finished product,’” she said. ‘It’s the same with leather goods [leather goods]. It’s a whole grid of creativity from which I can draw. I’m so lucky.’ I ask if the lipstick marks on her hands are from a meeting with the makeup team. “No,” she said, laughing. They just played with my daughter this morning. To be honest, I’m not a big makeup artist.

10 Great Movies Where The Protagonist’s Psyche Deteriorates https://willtoexist.com/10-great-movies-where-the-protagonists-psyche-deteriorates/ Mon, 10 Oct 2022 16:00:00 +0000 https://willtoexist.com/10-great-movies-where-the-protagonists-psyche-deteriorates/ Regardless of genre, each film sees the protagonist experience an event that affects them to the point where their sanity declines on many levels. However, films that make this their focal point create a deeper perspective where the mental state is not the only thing that changes. Over time, the inner battle of the subconscious […]]]>

Regardless of genre, each film sees the protagonist experience an event that affects them to the point where their sanity declines on many levels. However, films that make this their focal point create a deeper perspective where the mental state is not the only thing that changes. Over time, the inner battle of the subconscious translates into impacts on relationships, careers, life goals, and an overall shift in the character’s worldview.

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The deterioration of the psyche can be portrayed in many ways; through a clever lens, a horror story, a recovery story, or a story of complete disappearance – these are often the main interpretations that attempt to capture a truthful experience. When life gives you lemons, sometimes things go wrong – these films focus on the protagonist’s psyche which deteriorates as the film progresses, from fight club at Black Swan.


“Fight Club” (1999)

A classic cult movie that probably comes to mind when thinking about self-deterioration is David Fincherit is fight club. An existential crisis seizes the narrator (Edward Norton) as he develops a severe case of insomnia. The less he sleeps, the more his current view of the world becomes distorted.

His work becomes banal and too predictable; her Ikea-filled apartment no longer fills a void, and her stores of empathy are nearly empty. The rejection of the capitalist “rat race” comes after meeting the suave Tyler Durden (brad pitt), where the narrator’s safe life is martyred under Tyler’s eye-opening worldview. As the narrator becomes lost in Tyler’s anarchist teachings, Tyler becomes the singing and dancing leader of a rebellion.

‘Mulholland Dr.’ (2001)

Mulholland Dr.As fight club, features commentary on everyday life, insisting that the normal world is not what it seems, this time focusing on the glitz and glamor of Hollywood. Aspiring actress Betty (Naomi Watts) has just arrived in Los Angeles to broaden her career prospects when she reunites with Rita (Laura Harring) in his aunt’s apartment, unable to remember his identity after a car accident. The film follows the women as they bond, with Betty helping Rita regain her memories.

However, the deceptive connections between them and other characters – like director Adam (Justin Theroux) and his coercion into casting an unknown actress in his film – begin to unravel the characters’ identities. A film that cannot be easily explained, Mulholland Dr. could be a dream or a reality – a paradox on celluloid that could send you into a spiral.

‘Taxi Driver’ (1976)

Martin Scorseseit is Taxi driver immerses viewers in the alienated life of Travis Bickle (robert deniro), a Vietnam War veteran who consequently struggles with PTSD. As a result, Travis finds himself unable to connect with anyone and, struggling to sleep, he works night shifts as a taxi driver to meet his social needs.

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Through his walks in New York, Travis develops a hatred for crime and thrives on the idea that he can clean up the city. As his sanity rapidly declines, his sense of heroism intensifies, leading him astray with threatening behaviors around New York and an obsession to “save” a young prostitute (Jodie Foster) of a life of injustice.

‘Eraser Head’ (1977)

Surrealism helps mental deterioration eraser head—a horror film with impact. The shy and anxious Henry Spencer (Jack Nancy) discovers that he has a child with his girlfriend Mary (Charlotte Stuart) and suddenly finds himself projected into fatherhood, but being a dad exceeds all expectations when the child is barely human. When Mary comes out, it’s up to Henry to tend to the deformed baby who’s struggling to breathe.

Left alone with the baby, Henry sinks into mad hallucinations. East eraser head a wacky interpretation of the fear of fatherhood? A metaphor for the suppression of trauma? A story of disconnection and death? Director David Lynch refuses to express any meaning, allowing viewers’ minds to race with domestic chaos.

‘Joker’ (2019)

The juxtaposition between a man dressed as a clown and a clown who kills is partly what makes Joker so thrilling and psychologically engaging. by Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix) The spiral into one of the most infamous villains stems from his declining mental health following his struggles with poverty, a lack of success in his career, and a neurological disorder that causes him to laugh at inappropriate times. .

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His social awkwardness holds him back from people who connect and understand him, isolate him and allow him to get angry with the world. Arthur’s attempts to humanize himself have dehumanizing consequences, allowing viewers to see a backstory of Batman’s nemesis.

‘Candy’ (2006)

The fall in mental state is brutal and that caused by drug addiction is inevitable. Candy explores exactly that in a poetic haze, filled with love and addiction. Both Dan (health book) and Candy (Abbie Cornish) transform when their co-dependency on drugs and each other leads them to resort to a lifetime of violence, crime, and toxicity to achieve their next euphoria.

As their need for heroin grows stronger, their relationship reaches a breaking point fueled by anxiety, resentment, and lackluster attempts at normalcy.

“Interrupted Girl” (1999)

girl interrupted is a film that overturns the idea that a mental hospital will help your mental state through admiration and connection with others in the same boat. Susan (winona ryder) is a young woman admitted to a psychiatric hospital after attempting suicide, believing she was fine.

There she befriends Polly (Elizabeth Moss)—a victim of self-inflicted burns; Georgine (Clea Du Vall)—a pathological liar; Daisy (Brittany Murphy)—who suffers from OCD and laxative dependence; Janet (Angela Bettis)—an anorexic and easily amused Cynthia (Jillian Armenante). However, it is his infatuation with the notorious sociopath leader, Lisa (Angelina Jolie), that Suzana is drawn to the idea of ​​never getting better.

“Requiem for a Dream” (2000)

As Candy, Requiem for a dream follows the destruction of his life at the hands of drug addiction. Three friends—Harry (Jared Leto), Tyrone (Marlon Wayan), and Marion (Jennifer Connelly) – sell and use heroin as they dream of a better life, open a clothing store and seek approval from their family.

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The short time the world makes sense prompts the trio to return to the wallet-burning, life-altering habit. Meanwhile, Harry’s obese mother, Sara (Ellen Burstyn), spends her days watching television, where she is influenced to abuse amphetamines to lose weight. Requiem for a dream presents the idea that addiction, in any form, tears individuals from any sense of reality and destroys everything around them.

‘American Psycho’ (2000)

With a title like American psycho, viewers can safely assume that the plot follows a somewhat disturbed individual. Apparently just your average investment banker, Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale), is absorbed in the social politics of the upper class circle he surrounds himself with, namely, who has the best business card.

However, as night falls, Patrick sheds his charismatic skin and wields weapons, searching for victims in his serial murder scheme. Unlike most of the films above, America Psycho features an already mentally unstable character who spirals into madness to the point that no one recognizes what is happening as the credits begin to roll.

“Black Swan” (2010)

Black Swan is the crown jewel of movies centered on obsession and psychology. Career-focused ballerina Nina (Natalie Portman) becomes obsessed with her role as a duo in Swan Lake, where she has to embody a sweet white swan Odette and the sultry black swan Odile.

His compulsion only intensifies when newcomer Lily (Mila Kunis) is opposed to her, causing Nina to fall down a self-sabotaging rabbit hole, losing herself in her art. The main point of the film is that some desires for perfection can be self-destructive, even deadly.

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BARDO, FALSE CHRONICLE OF A HANDLING OF TRUTHS, Pretentious but oh so pretty https://willtoexist.com/bardo-false-chronicle-of-a-handling-of-truths-pretentious-but-oh-so-pretty/ Sun, 09 Oct 2022 06:00:00 +0000 https://willtoexist.com/bardo-false-chronicle-of-a-handling-of-truths-pretentious-but-oh-so-pretty/ Seven years have passed since Mexican filmmaker Alejandro G. Iñárritu last filmed the epic western The ghostwhich earned him his second consecutive Best Director Oscar after winning for birdman Last year. Considering the subject of his latest work, Bardo, false chronicle of a handful of truths, the 59-year-old was reeling from some sort of existential […]]]>

Seven years have passed since Mexican filmmaker Alejandro G. Iñárritu last filmed the epic western The ghostwhich earned him his second consecutive Best Director Oscar after winning for birdman Last year. Considering the subject of his latest work, Bardo, false chronicle of a handful of truths, the 59-year-old was reeling from some sort of existential crisis. This rambling and self-indulgent three-hour odyssey stars Mexican actor Daniel Giménez Cacho (Chronos, We are what we are) as a celebrated journalist and documentary filmmaker who arrives at a transformative midlife crossroads on the eve of accepting a prestigious international award.

Recalls by the tone and the narrative fluidity of Paolo Sorrentino The great beautywhich itself recalled the surrealist masterpieces of Federico Fellini, bardo unfolds like a semi-autobiographical rumination, ripe with anguish and introspection. Alternately funny, frustrating, absurd and sincere, bardo sees the filmmaker attempt to address his critics, his career, his identity, as well as explore the tangled and traumatic relationship between his homeland of Mexico and its unruly neighbor to the north.

While certainly more of an experiential offering than a tightly constructed narrative, Iñárritu’s film’s thin line sees Silverio Gama (Cacho) return to Mexico after many years living in the United States. While the intelligentsia are proud of his accomplishments, including that he is about to receive an award that has never been given to a Latino before, but there is simmering frustration that he has turned the back to Mexico in order to achieve this position of importance. He is seeking an interview with the American president, when Amazon is trying to buy the Mexican state of Baha California. The American ambassador offers to reunite the two men, but the United States wants Gama’s vocal support in return.

At home, Gama’s life is also unstable. His children grew up in the United States, which they are grateful for, while acknowledging that their immigration status has been a burden. Gama is also haunted by the death of his third son, Mateo, just hours after he was born. His wife Lucia (Griselda Siciliani) can’t wait for them to try again, but – in some of the film’s most surreal sequences – Gama still has visions of baby Mateo during their most intimate moments.

The film is full of these drifts in dreamlike fantasy, as a myriad of inner demons and distractions struggle for attention and reconciliation in Gama’s head. Doing this on screen, Iñárritu spins a procession of vivid images, carnivalesque settings and disorienting leaps through time and space. This is where cinematographer Darius Khondji steps in to dazzle audiences with some of the year’s most intricate set-ups and startling images. It’s no small tragedy that most viewers will only be able to experience bardo on Netflix, because the film is a visual triumph that deserves to be seen as big as possible, even – or perhaps, especially – in times when its lens veers away from its director.

From the architecture-adorned streets of Mexico City to the shimmering beaches of its northwest coast, Mexico is absolutely stunning. However, it’s the unique long takes – of which there are many – when these craftsmen really show their skills. Whether weaving through the circular hallways of Gama’s home or following him through the sweaty crowd of revelers on a heady welcome party, Iñárritu dazzles with his technical prowess, while Khondji shows more than able to fill the shoes vacated by the three-time Oscar winner. Emmanuel Lubezki.

bardo tackles so many topics, seemingly at random, in an ever-changing stream of consciousness, that audiences are bound to be offended at some point, or tired of political debates, philosophical pontifications, or lengthy descriptions of family life worldly. Display bardo at home will only make the challenge that much more demanding, so if the opportunity arises to experience it on the big screen, interested parties should definitely go out of their way to do so.

Ultimately, the enjoyment of Iñárritu’s heavy indulgence will be influenced by the baggage viewers bring to it. A thrilling and tense sensation race, it is certainly not. Those willing to step up a gear, settle in, and let the experience wash over you will see one of the most accomplished filmmakers working today unload a lifetime of personal grievances and insecurities, written in big for the whole world to see, in a heady parade of cinematic bombast.

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