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Dead Darlings: The Prometheus and Your Technology essay

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This was an essay on Prometheus‘ treatment of technology and how, in science fiction, we’ve transitioned from needing blunt futuristic images into a more organic shell.  After a few edits, we were all sort of stilled on it but the core of the idea is what fascinates me so much about Prometheus. It works better as an ideal than calling it a prequel.

In a weird way, Ridley Scott rebooted the Alien universe.  Anyway, a whirlwind of words follow.

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Long Live The Old Flesh: A Dangerous Method

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Michael Fassbender feeling shame--an all too common issue this year.

The exact point when “body horror” became one of the defining critical tropes around David Cronenberg’s work is hard to place. Ok, it isn’t (Stereo, Crimes of the Future, Shivers etc) but it’s a welcome shift in A Dangerous Method that the horror is kept in a subdued tone compared to, say, if Carl Jung’s dreams were brought to life on screen.

Ok, maybe it isn’t that subdued. Paralleled by carriage rides, Method opens on a hysteric Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley) being signed into  Burghölzli hospital where she picques the interest of Dr. Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) into trying out the fabled “talking cure” of Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen). Jung struggles between his dislike of the military (“I just look at cocks all day!”) to analyzing his dreams as he takes Sabina under his wing as an assistant while coaxing out the nature of her “humiliation.”

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