RIP Alain Resnais, director of Last Year At Marienbad, a film that will not solidify, even after repeated viewings.
From Wikipedia: The film is famous for its enigmatic narrative structure, in which truth and fiction are difficult to distinguish, and the temporal and spatial relationship of the events is open to question. The dream-like nature of the film has fascinated and baffled audiences and critics; some hail it as a masterpiece, others find it incomprehensible.
Audrey Hepburn attending the 26th Annual Academy Awards held at the RKO Pantages Theatre on Thursday, March 25, 1954 and the 64th Annual Academy Awards held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Monday, March 30, 1992.
The Skyler White Effect The cognitive dissonance that happens when a female character is presented by the narrative as absolutely correct in their judgment of a male character, and yet the viewers assume she’s the bitch.
I didn’t know for a long time, that there was a vitriolic group of men who hated Skyler. I understand that we want to side with the underdog, Walter White, the man who has cancer, trying to leave something behind for his family. But at a certain point, the viewer sees that the something Walter White has left behind, is his humanity, and that he destroys everything he touches.
How can you, with that knowledge, hate Skyler, the one protecting the family, from the man that protects the family?
If your understanding of the world is equivalent to an adolescent male, I guess you hate Skyler. If you are a fully formed adult member of society that sees Walter White for who he has become; death, destroyer of worlds, then Skyler is a heroine.
Does the Zombie meme still have traction? It was ultimately a metaphor for the loss of control, of society in free fall and supplanted the Vampire* meme (fear of blood, disease and death) as the world economy melted down.
*The Vampire meme gained traction as the fear of AIDS struck.