Please head over to A Bright Wall in a Dark Room, which today posted my essay on the Coen Brothers' Blood Simple (1984) and Zhang Yimou's A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop (2009), as a contribution to the site's "Infidelity Week" theme.
What does "Kat Ex Machina" mean? The blog's title, and my online moniker, is taken from the popular plot device in storytelling, Deus ex machina, which means "God from a machine." It comes from the ancient Greek theatre, in which actors representing God would swoop in to the action and save the characters from a seemingly unsolvable situation. It is still used frequently as a contrivance in film and television. Kat Ex Machina means Kat (me) from a machine, and as my blog entries on a computer are about the best way for me to broadcast my trivial thoughts, it seemed appropriate.