The best cinema elicits a near-physical feeling. The Hunt is like being punched in the stomach repeatedly. I have not been so engrossed by a film, yet on the brink of turning it off out of sheer dread over what will happen next, since I watched Threads almost five years ago. I wish more films had the ability to torture me.
Nymphomaniac (2013) vs. Blue Is the Warmest Colour (2013)
No matter where Film Scratches takes me, nothing will match the weirdness of attending the premiere of Nymphomaniac. Lars Von Trier’s opus screened simultaneously in seventy-four cinemas across the UK with the same pomp and circumstance reserved for a midnight screening of the latest superhero film. Before the film, I was treated to a live stream of BBC Radio 1 DJ Edith Bowman encouraging patrons of Curzon Chelsea to place paper…
Fiction makes you a more empathetic person – at least according to the thesis of David Comer Kidd and Emanuele Castano’s paper, Reading Literary Fiction Improves Theory of Mind. In the paper they said,
Literary fiction… engages the psychological processes needed [for the reader] to gain access to the characters’ subjective experiences. Just as in real life, the worlds of literary fiction are replete with complicated individuals whose inner lives are rarely easily discerned but warrant exploration. The worlds of…
The Mark Kermode Oscars Diet has been an interesting experience, if only because it changed my perspective on the last film in the marathon.
The Artist wowed me when I watched it in the cinema. A pastiche of the silent movie era, the film presents motifs that were put to bed when The Jazz Singer came along. The characters overly accentuate their gestures and emotions, while residing in a black and white world in which circle-wipe transitions and humanistic animal…