In 2006, Bruno the bear wandered onto German soil—the first brown bear in 170 years—where he was shot, killed, taxidermied, and put on display (his presence recently resurfaced due to the 2010 Wikileaks). Bruno served as a queer beast in the anthropogenic landscape where he challenged boundaries of what is permissible, and normal. By refusing to honor borders and cultural norms, he disrupted our human sense of control of the landscape. In response to Bruno's unruly presence, humans in turn appropriated him, fixed him as a cipher to fill with their own constructs of wildness and animality, and then deployed those cultural articulations. Performing a critical visual analysis, this paper explores how the anxiety Bruno evoked fixed his queer, hirsute frame as a taxidermied cipher representing discipline, fetishization, and a critique of power. Bruno became an imaginary wild whose presence rhetorically queered the geographical and political landscape.
10 Cloverfield Lane: John Goodman, a paranoid prepper with a pedophilic streak, kidnaps a young woman to save her from an apocalyptic event, which may or may not have occurred. She doesn't know if it really happened because she's locked in his basement bunker. Good until the last part, which was utterly ridiculous.
Eye in the Sky: To drone kill or not to drone kill, that is the question for almost the entire film. Terrorists with suicide vests are in a house, a cute little girl just outside selling bread, a British colonel (Helen Mirren) who is certain that the missile must be fired, cowardly British pols, pols with moral qualms, and morally tormented American drone pilots who will pull the trigger. Against the critical tide, I found it tedious and obvious.
The Clan: An Argentine production ripped from the headlines. An intelligence officer who kidnapped and killed for the military government during the Dirty War takes up private kidnapping for profit after democratic government is restored. He pulls his family in, and things go badly for everyone. A good one. Saw it twice. See it if you get the chance.
Hail, Caesar! Saw this Coen Brothers satirical comedy twice for an upcoming film group meeting. Funnyish, a bit too meandering, takes shots at old Hollywood, politics and religion, all on target, in my opinion. I was restless through the first viewing, but enjoyed it more the second time around. This is not a movie I'd see for a third time, even though I could probably take a few more notes for film group.
With the riser, it can go flat or raise head and feet to desired positions. Incredibly soft yet firm and supportive at the same time. Has a vibrating feature that beats the hell out of those old motel vibrators.