Escape from Late Capitalism: Fish Tank and Two Days One Night

“If you could be any animal, what would you be?” “A white tiger.” – Mia, Fish Tank “I don’t exist. I’m nothing, nothing at all.” – Sandra, Two Days One Night Unlike most poor or working class “everyman” characters, the body labouring under capitalism’s long shadow in Andrea Arnold’s Fish Tank (2009) and the Dardenne […]

Lady Liberty’s Labours: James Gray’s The Immigrant

How do you make it in America? Work. Work hard. Work harder. So goes the mantra upon which (until recently) the world’s greatest economy and dominant culture was built. But while work will supposedly set you free, what will it cost? Or, at what point does making it—to that ever-moving, unattainable finish line—mean breaking yourself? […]