Tragic Fate of Colonel Walter E. Kurtz and Neoimperialism in “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 and Neoimperialism in “Apocalypse Now”

Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “Like Father, Like Son”: Nature or Nurture?

Hirokazu Koreeda's Like Father, Like Son explores the meaning of the proverb in the film's title and whether it can be the justification and the solution to the tragic choice characters in the film are forced to make. Ryota is a workaholic and a successful businessman, hardly spending time with his family; his wife tells him … Continue reading Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “Like Father, Like Son”: Nature or Nurture?

In the Eye of the Beholder – Leos Carax’s “Holy Motors”

In its quaint particularity, Holy Motors approaches themes like sexuality, modern life, libertinism and aesthetics. It opens wih a shot of people in the theater watching a film, suggesting that film-watching experience is a dreamlike state. The film follows a day in the life of Monsieur Oscar who is, as we can tell, a businessman … Continue reading In the Eye of the Beholder – Leos Carax’s “Holy Motors”