Disney as Mass Psychosis: Spectacle and Necropower in The Force Awakens

Let’s face it, Finn is psychotic. One of the first scenes in The Force Awakens is the death of a stormtrooper. As Finn cradle them, their blank helmets gaze dolefully at one another. Twenty minutes later, Finn fires into a hanger bay full of stormtroopers. “Woo!” … More Disney as Mass Psychosis: Spectacle and Necropower in The Force Awakens

Final Fantasy XV and the Absent Phallus

For thirteen hours, I have watched four cosmopolitan titans of men slide through the air like greasy hamburgers, limbs and torsos contorting awkwardly as enormous phallus-shaped weapons cleave through monsters and men alike. Ignis clicks his gloved fingers and a meal of bacon and eggs materialises. He sits silently as Noctis picks at it with … More Final Fantasy XV and the Absent Phallus

The Spectre of Bond

A spectre is haunting Spectre—the spectre of James Bond. All the powers of reason have entered a holy alliance to exorcise this spectre, but it is a haunt that rests in the fabric of this franchise, a totalising essence that cannot be shaken, only stirred. It is apt we open with the out of context … More The Spectre of Bond

The Witcher and the Root of all Suffering

In every curse, hope and despair exist in equal measures, for it is yearning that births both. Unstable desire leads to feelings of entitlement, and when this entitlement is denied, hope turns to despair. In The Witcher, those who utter curses, are those who cannot accept this absurdity. They have tried to realise their ideals, … More The Witcher and the Root of all Suffering

Evangelion and our Indelible Loneliness

In one of my favourite episodes of Neon Genesis Evangelion, Lelial, a higher dimensional being whose shadow exists in the third dimension, traps Shinji within itself. Darkness stretches eternally all around him, and I cannot help but think this event is an allegory for our inescapable loneliness. The series posits that the core human … More Evangelion and our Indelible Loneliness