Hey guys, I want to apologize for the way I’ve been neglecting this blog these past couple weeks. I didn’t realize just how bad it’d gotten until I got the mail on Saturday and discovered another Netflix DVD waiting in the box. I now owe you two films in addition to the one I’m writing…Read more #14: Too Little, Too Late
“Artists are divided into those who create their own inner world, and those who recreate reality. I undoubtedly belong to the first—but that actually alters nothing: my inner world may be of interest to some, others will be left cold or even irritated by it; the point is that the inner world created by cinematic…Read more #13: “I Have Some Trouble Between Fantasy and Reality.”
It’d been awhile since I’d seen this one. I remembered liking it, finding it interesting enough to revisit on this blog. I had forgotten -- or maybe never appreciated -- just how stunning it really was. Liv Ullmann and Bibi Andersson give mesmerizing performances, bringing a naturalism to the oftentimes complex and abstract narrative. Most…Read more #12: “I think I could change myself into you if I tried. I mean, inside.”
I’ve been working on this blog for three months now. Looking over my previous posts, I realized something: they’re all basically the same. Whether it’s a science fiction epic or a neo-noir comedy or something more abstract, every one of these essays has focused on some aspect of storytelling. Who are the characters? How does…Read more #11: Seeing In Silence
Hey guys, obviously things were backed up this week [at this point I should say last week]. On a good week, my goal is to post updates by Friday. This has not been a good week. I underestimated how hard it would be to find this week’s film. When I finally did get my hands…Read more #10: Light and Shadow in the City of Dreams
What makes us human? How do we differentiate Man from the other animals, from his own evolutionary ancestors? And in the distant future, how will we determine the cutoff point between Man and those who supersede him? I first saw 2001: A Space Odyssey when I was sixteen. I thought it sucked. The visuals were…Read more #9: Of Monkeys and Space Babies
From nostalgia for a rural childhood to an urban nightmare that cannot be escaped. Gaspar Noé’s Irréversible is by far the least comfortable cinematic experience I have ever had. With its explicit tour through a gay S&M club, a grisly murder [via fire extinguisher to the face], and its brutal rape scene, it’s not a movie I’d suggest to the casual viewer. Yet its complex camerawork and reversed story-line make it a worthy example of the possibilities of cinema. But again, it is not for general audiences. This beast has some serious teeth.