I Watched The Greatest Movies Of All Time On Pan And Scan VHS

Alex Garland’s excellent Annihilation is hitting Netflix everywhere except the United States today. In these United States we got the pleasure of seeing this beautiful and challenging scifi film on the big screen… well, those of us who bothered to see it, anyway. In three weeks of release the movie has made about $26 million, less than what Black Panther is making this weekend.

This is sad, and there are a lot of reasons why the movie didn’t do well – not least among them being Paramount’s cold feet and unwillingness to spend more money to push the movie hard – but anyone who watched this film knew it was never going to click with mass audiences. And that’s okay.

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Humanize Your Enemy

What is your problem with Nazis: their beliefs or their tactics? It seems to me that the answer should be “both,” that they use reprehensible tactics in service of horrifying ideologies. As decent people we should reject not just their beliefs but also their behavior.

I look at the response to the New York Times article about “the Nazi next door” and I’m troubled. Not that the article is criticized – all things are open to critique – but that it’s being criticized from the point of view that it’s wrong to humanize Nazis.

See, dehumanization is a Nazi tactic.
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