A close up is the ultimate special effect, the trope that asks our complicity in telling a story so that it matters.
When something looks like it’s got the formula down, one begins to wonder if there’s a soul inside that formula, or simply a series a cold algorithm built of logical instructions.
The philosophical courage for artists to create requires cultures to have enough collective courage to support creators. The creative team of BR2049 helmed by director Denis Villeneuve created a fully realized world, created down to minute detail. They also created a vital, thrilling work of art.
More media does not mean better media. The ubiquity of distribution and ease of endless consumption is dulling the cultural palette.