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.
As we begin a new year, it’s only natural to look back -- not only at the year just ended, but those that came before it, reaching even to our earliest memories. How did we arrive at the present moment? How have we become our current selves? Perhaps it’s fitting, then, that we begin this…Read more #7: Even As Also I Am Known
Hi all. Even though I'm on vacation this week, I wanted to post a quick note about some changes I'll be making to this blog in the coming months. I've taken some time to consider what I've done so far, and how well it's serving the goals of this project. I'm convinced I can do a lot…Read more Vacation Week #2: Changes Afoot
Some people call this the best Christmas movie of all time. Some people forget that this is a Christmas movie altogether [which makes sense, since the studio inexplicably released in July of 1988]. But given that the whole thing takes place during a Christmas Eve office party turned pseudo-terrorist attack/vault heist, and given the number…Read more #6: Ho-Ho-Ho
In Green Hills of Africa, Ernest Hemingway [or his fictionalized narrator-self] says, "All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn." The same might be said for American cinema and this week's film. Although Americans had been making movies for half a century at the time of its release, most of…Read more #5: “Ignorance…Sheer Ignorance.”
I believe there are three kinds of people: those who love The Big Lebowski, those who hate The Big Lebowski, and those who have not seen The Big Lebowski. Those of you in the second category will, I hope, be able to approach this week's post with an open mind. If not, maybe this week's…Read more #4: Screwball Noir