Zizek! (NC)

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Easily the most enjoyable film of the week is this brief, lucid and startlingly funny profile of the Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek, maverick follower of Marx and Lacan, and superstar of the international lecture circuit. Though on the page Zizek is often abstruse, and even more often contradictory or just plain contrary; on screen, what you get are energy, humour and doses of sharp insight: for example, a great line about how modern pleasures are stripped of the things that make them pleasurable - beer without alcohol, coffee without caffeine. And films, he might add, without plots or feeling.