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Month: June 2014

Short Reflections from the Silver Screen: Husbands and Wives

Husbands and Wives US. 1992. Woody Allen. Woody gives us a rational taste for married life; it is compulsive and there are plenty of hysterics. But, ultimately, this movie delivers deep meanings, wistful emotions and it is classic Woody Allen. Can our fantasies ever escape the truth? Is there more to relationships than the passion? Why are things in life so complicated? Such questions and themes Allen likes to explore, and does so fervidly here through two marriages that seem happily complacent on the surface, but are really dismally repressed… Read more Short Reflections from the Silver Screen: Husbands and Wives

Short Reflections from the Silver Screen: Port of Call

Port of Call Sweden. 1948. Ingmar Bergman. Bergman gives an unflinching depiction of a hard-hearted world with industrial backdrops, misspent youths and two-dimensional characters. One of these characters is Berit, a young girl, stuck in the pitiless turmoil of her past. She struggles to confide in others due to her overtly anxious remembrance of this past and is therefore burdened to having relationships due to her introverted self. Berit is a convincing character and underneath her neuroticism she shows signs of a dear heart, a heart to share with Gosta, a new sailor in town… Read more Short Reflections from the Silver Screen: Port of Call

Short Reflections from the Silver Screen: Viridiana

Viridiana Spain. 1961. Luis Bunuel. Bunuel is the master satirist and fetishist of the cinema, here he exercises these mischievous facets within the confinements of a sardonic black comedy that pulls immorality and elegance under the same umbrella. Viridiana, a righteous nun, goes to visit her uncle out of charity for he hasn’t seen her in years. He is immediately transfixed and in love with the woman who looks somewhat identical to his late wife; he even begs her to wear her deceased wedding dress for a perverted re-enactment. Viridiana… Read more Short Reflections from the Silver Screen: Viridiana

Short Reflections from the Silver Screen: The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema & Ideology

The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema UK. 2006. Sophie Fiennes. Zizek is fantastic. No one uses Lacanian psychoanalysis to the devastating effect that he is able to. He offers an invigorating and inspiring psychoanalytical account of our (and certainly his) well-known and classic movies, each running with a psychological theme, for example Vertigo, Psycho and Blue Velvet, to name a few. Whilst screening the movie clips, Zizek blasts his analysis over the top with the occasional exchange of himself super-imposed into the movie’s setting/location. It is insightful how Zizek’s humour and… Read more Short Reflections from the Silver Screen: The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema & Ideology

Short Reflections from the Silver Screen: Ugetsu Monogatari

Ugestu Monogatari Japan. 1953. Kenji Mizogushi. This is my first introduction to Kenji Mizoguchi’s work and I am mesmerised by it; I am left uncertain as to whether I witnessed a fable, a horror story, a love story, a fantasy or a true-life story of fate. It is simply remarkable storytelling and such seems to be the beauty of this work, which literally formulates as a single flourish of storytelling and style, despite the multitude of themes. Everything is united, but there is no deadlock, the film does not try… Read more Short Reflections from the Silver Screen: Ugetsu Monogatari

Maleficent – I am subtly pleased for Disney’s box office success, even if the movie barely passes as “okay”

MOVIE REVIEW Maleficent Roth Films, Walt Disney Pictures, US  97 Mins UK Release: 28th May 2014 Director Robert Stromberg Producer Joe Roth, Scott Michael Murray Screenwriter Linda Woolverton Cinematographer Dean Semler Cast Angelina Jolie,… Read more Maleficent – I am subtly pleased for Disney’s box office success, even if the movie barely passes as “okay”