A Comedy of Job: Coen Brothers’ Pitch Black Humor in “A Serious Man”

What need is there to weep over parts of life? The whole of it calls to tears. Seneca, To Marcia On Consolation The veracity of Seneca’s words can be debated upon, but they seem to fit to describe the Coen brothers character Larry’s fortune in the film. Yet, A Serious Man is a comedy. We … Continue reading A Comedy of Job: Coen Brothers’ Pitch Black Humor in “A Serious Man”

Never Let Me Go – Path to Completion: A Brilliant Adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s Novel

  Title card: The breakthrough in medical science came in 1952. Doctors could now cure the previously incurable. By 1967, life expectancy passed 100 years. Never Let Me Go is based on a novel by Kazuo Ishiguro; the film describes the dystopian reality which takes place more than 50 years before the film was made. … Continue reading Never Let Me Go – Path to Completion: A Brilliant Adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s Novel

Humanity on a Blacklist: Stanley Kubrick’s “Dr. Strangelove”

Dr. Strangelove, based on the Peter George novel Red Alert is clearly deeply rooted in its own time; shot when Cold War was in its zenith, yet it manages to speak to us. It will speak to us as long as Doomsday Machine in the form of the nuclear arsenal possessed by the major world powers … Continue reading Humanity on a Blacklist: Stanley Kubrick’s “Dr. Strangelove”

Discriminatory “Circle of Life” in Disney’s “Lion King”

  And all through the house we hear the hyena’s hymns Nick Cave Lion King opens with a song accompanied by beautiful scenery, showing the animals ranging from ants to elephants living in perfect harmony and joy: But the sun rolling high/through the sapphire sky/keeps great and small on the endless round/It’s the circle of … Continue reading Discriminatory “Circle of Life” in Disney’s “Lion King”

Tragic Fate of Colonel Walter E. Kurtz: Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now”

Preliminary remarks: There are several different versions of Apocalypse Now, including the theatrical release, the Redux version which is 53 minutes longer than the original and the 259 minutes long “VHS” version, which is now all but lost. This article is based on the Redux version, while the ending of the VHS version will be … Continue reading Tragic Fate of Colonel Walter E. Kurtz: Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now”

Reliving the Memory – Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo”

Alfred Hitchock’s desire was to make movies in which dream and reality are indistinguishable. In his Vertigo, he creates a nightmarish world in which Scottie (James Stewart) draws the female progatonist into a surreal ordeal, or it is the other way around; at certain moments we cannot really tell. The film is centered around several … Continue reading Reliving the Memory – Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo”

Soulless and the Sublime: Terrence Malick’s “Badlands”

[This article has been edited on 11.3.2018] Badlands, Terrence Malick's first film is loosely based on real-life events following the murders a couple had commited in 1958, in the United States.  In 1993 the United States National Film Registry elected Badlands for preservation since they considered the film to be “culturally, historically and aesthetically significant”. The … Continue reading Soulless and the Sublime: Terrence Malick’s “Badlands”