Confessions of Britain’s Most Violent Criminal – Refn’s “Bronson”

In the final lines of the chapter “The spectacle of the scaffold”, in his book Discipline and Punish, Michel Foucault writes about a great shift in the portrayal of criminals in fiction, which took place in the 19th century: “We are far removed indeed from those accounts of the life and misdeeds of the criminal … Continue reading Confessions of Britain’s Most Violent Criminal – Refn’s “Bronson”

What Makes us Human? – the Enigma of “Dark City”

The film is set in a city where there is no sun, it is shrouded in eternal darkness. John Murdoch awakes in a bathtub, disoriented, not knowing his own name, or anything about himself. In other words, he is in the same position as the viewer, darkness (lack of cognition) pervades not only the external, … Continue reading What Makes us Human? – the Enigma of “Dark City”

Journey into the Unconscious: Alex Garland’s “Annihilation”

For me, [Annihilation] was a film about the nature of self-destruction… it was about an observation I made, which is that everybody appears to be self-destructive. Some people are very obviously self-destructive because they’re addicted to heroin or alcohol… Other people are very comfortable in their own skin, and they’ve got a fantastic job and … Continue reading Journey into the Unconscious: Alex Garland’s “Annihilation”

A Veiled Body: The Divided Self in Cronenberg’s “A History of Violence”

We question a country’s self-mythology. Perfect town and perfect family are – like Westerners – part of America’s mythology, involving notions of past innocence and naïveté. But is it possible for innocence to exist while something heinous transpires elsewhere? David Cronenberg In David Cronenberg’s A History of Violence something heinous transpires underneath the presentation of … Continue reading A Veiled Body: The Divided Self in Cronenberg’s “A History of Violence”

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

Nick Cave Speaking the Unspeakable in the Stunning Documentary “One More Time with Feeling”

  William Faulkner once wrote: Memory believes before knowing remembers. Believes longer than recollects, longer than knowing even wonders. These words, from the novel Light in August, have the quality of a prose poem. Their meaning eludes me, just like the understanding of this documentary eludes me. Its elusion is associated with its nature, the articulation … Continue reading Nick Cave Speaking the Unspeakable in the Stunning Documentary “One More Time with Feeling”