all the exposition / pseudo-theory blather will bum out some ppl and idiots that cant deal w plotlessness / inaction (& so prob dont have much of a grasp on life) will not b down. but i m , + theres always some cogent analysis lurking around in the babble, as has always been the case with cberg imo.
Cosmopolis in particular , exceptionally plotless + blather-driven , due to the Delillo derivation . Weak points like , a lot of the cast could not withstand the austere minimal , affectless ~ semi-autistic ~ dialogue , typical of late Delillo prose [where all ‘voice’ n ‘tone’ and even pov is like collapsed into a stark molecular singularity , or like sandblasted / stripped of all idiosyncrasy and personal affect down to a common atomic denominator , characters turnt transparent so the author/narrator’s puppeteering / ventriloquy is obvious]. but for the cast that could inhabit that personality vacuum , n find some naturality or organicity [subjectivity?] in the superficial undifferentiatedness , the performances were all the more jarring + impressive.
robert pattinson fucking thrived. Nvr saw vampire shit or whatever but he is established as serious / scarily good dramatic force imo [sidenote: pumped]. Giamatti also slays as per ush - juliette binoche , sarah gadon , emily hampshire , patricia mckenzie and whoever plays his uncle also dominate.
as an imagining & visualization of a near future potentiality of accelerationist capitalism where cyber-capital and technological advance continue their ascent toward hegemonic logical conclusions , the digital-divide and general wealth gaps become evermore stark and yawning [and piketty is perhaps vindicated ?] , the film has its own peculiar rewards and catharses.
if i lived a life where i had time to read thousands of words on thousands more pages i’d prob read the book at some point.
…you only know society’s straight line about the flesh! You can’t penetrate beyond society’s sick, gray, fear of the flesh. Drink deep, or taste not, the plasma spring! Y’see what I’m saying? And I’m not just talking about sex and penetration. I’m talking about penetration beyond the veil of the flesh! A deep penetrating dive into the plasma pool!