“Digital Witness,” St. Vincent, via @bamendelsohn.
At turns wonderfully evocative, spectacularly heavy-handed, and frustratingly impotent. Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer (2013) skillfully realizes a fantastically dystopian setting drawn from the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige (1982) where all of humanity lives on a single train powered by an eternal engine. Within, the temporary institution of the certain kind of class which accompanies our […]
“Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things. And no good thing dies.” In 1966, Andy Dufresne escaped from Shawshank prison. All they found of him was a muddy set of prison clothes, a bar of soap, and an old rock hammer, damn near worn down to the nub. I remember thinking it […]
Blowing up a dam to flood the plain and wipe away a swarm of devastating ants in the “Trumbo’s World” episode of MacGyver (1985). Mac never hesitated to sacrifice infrastructure for the greater good. Submitted by @immanenceftw.
In “Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen: “The highway’s jammed with broken heroes on a last chance power drive/ Everyone’s out on the run tonight but there’s no place left to hide.” Submitted by @immanenceftw
It shouldn’t be surprising that a movie whose premise rests on energy production offers a rich landscape for exploring alternative imaginations of a monstrous interpretation of logistics. Monsters, Inc. (2001) follows its protagonists through a nightmarish world where energy and economic infrastructures are primarily founded on fear (or more specifically, screams). From the first view […]
Imaginary tunnels to nowhere. Submitted by MCForelle.
Newman “crunching the numbers” in one of Seinfeld’s most logistically dense episodes. The Bottle Deposit (1996) hinges on taking advantage of an (almost) empty mail truck and the 10¢ refund offered by the state of Michigan. Submitted by @immanenceftw.
This overlooked masterpiece carefully choreographs the internal and external conflicts of the men assigned to the transportation of unstable quantities of nitroglycerin. Based on the French novel, Le Salaire de la peur, the men set out with two trucks (one named as the eponymous sorcerer of the title) from a remote Chilean village. Sorcerer (1977). […]