What makes us flock to Christopher Nolan's films with our phones out, Twitter's engine warm and idling, ready to send our judgement out into the void? What have we done to so miss the point of going to the movies?
What makes Snowpiercer special is that in its intense linearity—both Bong Joon-ho's fast-paced direction and the literal one-way train the film is set on—the mechanisms of revolution, circular violence, and moral corruption can be seen in their essence.
On a particularly frustrating day in my life, I applied to a workshop for young film critics in Ghent, Belgium. I hadn’t been to Belgium. I wasn’t even sure if I qualified as a “young film critic.” But I wasn’t doing anything and I wasn’t going anywhere, so I had nothing to lose and everything to gain.