Prophet Of The Second Inversion: “Buster’s Mal Heart”

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I’m the prophet of the Second Inversion!
—Brown, “Buster’s Mal Heart”

Mr. Robot’s & Bohemian Rhapsody’s Rami Malek doesn’t do as many movies as other actors of his status in Hollywood—but when he does, I pay attention. He’s one of those intense & uncanny performers who seems to attract really esoteric-type mindfuck roles. The 2017 indie flick Buster’s Mal Heart is one of those movies & Jonah/Buster (see, we already have some instability in the identity department) is one of those roles. Spoilers ahead!

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Slamming Into The Fourth Wall

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I. THE FOURTH WALL: A VERY (VERY) BRIEF OVERVIEW

The following short video explores the concept of “breaking the Fourth Wall” in storytelling. That’s when a fictional character—or even simply the narrative itself—acknowledges the existence of the “real life” audience existing beyond the (now-tenuous) barrier between fiction and reality. Some famous examples of breaking the Fourth Wall are Ferris Bueller directly addressing the viewer, Dark Helmet discovering the VHS tape for Spaceballs during the middle of the movie, and the ending of Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

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