Archives for Matthew McCracken

Conceivably Leftist Cinema: MAGIC MIKE (Part 1 of 2)

Magic Mike opens in a jaundiced world, cinematographically yellowed to evoke a barrenness suffered in daylight hours. This is contrasted by the colour and vibrancy of the stage, where the characters appear to experience relief from the capitalist principles that govern their lives and desires—emphasis on “appear.” The mention of capitalism is significant at this early stage, for the Magic Mike duology are films that are firmly about the effect of capitalism upon people and their means of relating; it is a series that takes us through, first in diagnosis, the stages of alienation and the obstacles of what we
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