Ace in the Hole Digs Up Modern Journalism’s Dirty Secret.
Billy Wilder predicted our aberrant media class.
Billy Wilder’s 1951 Ace in the Hole, widely conceded to be the most cynical Hollywood movie ever made, brings the hammer down on journalism in a way that ought to synch with today’s rising distrust of the media — although that’s not what Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz meant when he called it “one of the great movies about journalism” during its…
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
"Out of life comes death,
and out of death, life.
Out of the young, the old,
and out of the old, the young.
Out of waking, sleep,
and out of sleep, waking.
The stream of creation and dissolution
Heraclitus in The Circle of Life
“The idea that we can operate in different times is very important to me, and it manifests in daily life or when you meditate. In a…
It's important to me that before diving into writing about Twin Peaks: The Return, I make a few concessionary remarks regarding my experience of the work, and nature of my commentary thereof. Upon writing this commentary, I have only seen Twin Peaks: The Return but once. This, I feel is important for two reasons. The first is that, it replaced my most seen and longest standing film on my immediate 5 favorite films (Mulholland Dr.) Secondarily, due to the length…
I'm a mature cinephile about to escape the grip of an overpriced indoctrination center, I still haven't seen Birth of a Nation, Sweet Sweetback, or In the Heat of the Night, and I went out to Black Panther on opening night just so I could have an opinion on it in the inevitable conversations to arise.
Some jumbled thoughts I had over the course of watching it:
* How fractured and unstable does your society have to be when all…
The Big Lebowski
The film is set in 1991, when the United States was preparing to enter the Gulf War “with Saddam and the Iraqis”, while it was still wrestling with the legacy of Vietnam and the trauma that the war had inflicted on both those who served and those who protested. The Gulf War was a time when aggression was used as the answer to conflict resolution, emphasized in the first scene as President George H. W. Bush declares…
Batman V Superman
These are some supplemental notes in addition to my first review here:
Please read that first :)
Zack Snyder holds Joseph Campbell in high regard, following his Hero's Journey structure and ideas of monomyth. Like Campbell, Snyder links different mythologies to reveal their universal nature, common threads and similarities.
Snyder recognizes Superman’s significance and meaning in the cultural zeitgeist: exploring if Superman were real, how it would affect humanity and how existential confusion would naturally…
Lord of the Rings
In Tolkien’s magnificent essay “On Fairy Stories”, he notes that fairy-stories are remarkable because they are consistent within themselves and with the truths of reality. The Tolkien estate calls the essay “Tolkien’s definitive statement about his art — which he called “Sub-Creation” — and the concept that lies behind it — the power of words to create a Secondary World.” Here he coined the term “eucatastrophe” which he said is “the sudden joyous ‘turn’” at the…
Lord of the Rings
Tolkien was a professor of Philology (the study of linguistics) at Oxford University, teaching the languages of Northern Europe, particularly Anglo-Saxon Old English. Tolkien did not intend or expect his work to be so popular or celebrated. He created the stories of Middle Earth for himself, primarily as an exercise in creating languages. While academics around him celebrated and even worshiped the chaos of the New Age, Tolkien reasserted the importance and value of tradition through…
Lord of the Rings
J.R.R Tolkien wrote The Lord of the Rings intermittently between 1937-1949, and the book was published in 1954 & 1955. Despite popular misconceptions, the Lord of the Rings is not a trilogy: it was always considered one book, and was intended to be published as such, however the publisher divided the work into three volumes due to post-war papershortages.
It can be easy when reading fiction to view the work in an allegorical light. Tolkien strongly disliked…
“Every boy, in his journey to become a man, takes an arrow in the center of his heart, in the place of his strength. Because the wound is rarely discussed and even more rarely healed, every man carries a wound. And the wound is nearly always given by his father.”
― John Eldredge
Through Ad Astra (“to the stars” in Latin), Grey recalls numerous works of classic literature, notably evoking the obsessive ambition of Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick.”,…
Based upon the science-fiction novella “Story Of Your Life” by Ted Chiang, Denis Villeneuve’s film Arrival explores the linguistic theory called the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, which claims that one’s perception of reality is either altered or determined by the language they speak.
Through this premise, the film explores heavy metaphysical questions. Do our minds shape language or does language shape our minds? If we knew the future, would we make the same choices? And if so, would our choices be…
"If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present." Lao Tzu
Before he began creating feature fictional films, Hirokazu Kore-eda worked in non-fiction, creating several documentary films for Japanese television. When he began making feature films, he brought the skills he learned through documentaries, to his second feature AfterLife in 1998. Kore-eda said that he aims…