Posts Tagged ‘morality


🔴 What is “The Cabal”?


🔴 Red’s Moral Code


🔴 Red’s Moral Code

April 22, 2015
It’s a good question where Red’s sense of “justice” comes from. I’ve been thinking about this a lot. We know the Greeks came up with our Western idea of “justice” – but did they invent it or simply write down what is implicit in human nature?
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🔴 Passion & Passivity: Four Films


🔴 Passion & Passivity

Jan 18, 2015

Crash, directed by David Cronenberg (1996).
sex, lies and videotape, directed by Steven Soderbergh (1990).
Bad influence, directed by Curtis Hanson (1990).
Secretary, directed by David Shainberg (2002).
I’ve been watching some James Spader films from the 1980s and 1990s (to fill the time until The Blacklist starts up again). My response has not been what I expected, especially to Crash, ‘sex, lies & videotape’ and also, Bad Influence and Secretary. This group seems to have a certain coherence, thematically. In all of these, I would say James Spader plays an innocent, even a sexual innocent. I am not saying he is sexually naive, but rather is caught up in situations in which sexuality is an externalized, even emasculating force with which he is trying to cope. In both Crash & sex, lies & videotape, he struggles with impotence; also in both of these, he is just gorgeous, almost feminized at times. He is, in both, more the subject of seduction than its perpetrator. In key scenes in each the camera lingers on his wavy blonde hair and handsome face.
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🔴 James Spader as Outsider


🔴 James Spader as Outsider

–– Boston Legal to The Blacklist

Jan 7, 2015
In Boston Legal (ABC, 2004-2008), James Spader played Alan Shore, an often politically incorrect advocate in many cases involving “lost causes” (most of which, in the make-believe world of the Crane, Poole & Schmidt law firm, he actually won). His penchant for clarity and honesty was his weakness & his strength. In perhaps the most memorable episode, he even told “The Court Supreme” exactly what they needed to hear about the death penalty. Even his sexism was funny & endearing because it was – hey! – sincere. During the Bush years, Alan Shore’s truth-telling buoyed many a despondent liberal in the face of what Stephen Colbert dubbed “Truthiness”.
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