But it was a luxury, a diversion, a thought experiment. The Current Debate is a column that connects the dots between great writing about a topic in the wider film conversation. Through the guise of a twisty thriller, they break one character down to the basic building blocks of how we construct our identity.
Our mission is to guide film lovers searching, lost or adrift in an overwhelming sea of content. If, as seems likely, Westworld continues to interrogate the importance of memory, it could demonstrate that an episodic medium offers an even more natural fit for those themes than film—think of what Memento might have been like if each 15 minute cycle was a separate episode.
By imagining into existence a not-yet space of forbidden possibility, the future stayed in its place, an enjoyable diversion for those who had the space and time to play. Not coincidentally, that probably means making them remember, as Brian Tallerico writes at RogerEbert.
They plant backstories to deepen characterizations. The audience are the villains, and reality is a function of their vicious desires.
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Here, the passionate romances, bloody shoot-outs, and tearful deaths are actively framed not just as fantasy but as artifice; they deliberately draw our attention to their seams, to the hands moving behind the scenes to script and sculpt each moment, even as they compel us to respond with genuine emotion.
Wealthy visitors to Westworld pay handsomely to fully immerse themselves in an Old West experience.
At its best, the meta-textual layer of unreality in Westworld can shift how you think about the scenes that play out in the park, and perhaps how you think about entertainment that relies on sex and violence to gratify its audience. They are uneasy, at times, about the ethics of their labor. We offer text, images, sounds and video as critical maps, passways and illuminations to the worlds of contemporary and classic film.
The current debate: future memory in "westworld"
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