Decay of a Mortal God: Béla Tarr’s “Werckmeister Harmonies”

Valuska, a dreamy, and intellectually “slow” postman, with a poetic understanding of his surroundings, stages a little scene with a bunch of weary drunkards, in a bar, at the very beginning of the film. He arranges the drunkards to act the roles of the the Moon and the Earth, as they revolve around the Sun. … Continue reading Decay of a Mortal God: Béla Tarr’s “Werckmeister Harmonies”

Emperor Palpatine’s Political Rise: Star Wars: Episode III

Before reading this essay, you can read the previous one: The Political Rise of Chancellor Palpatine. Auctoritas, non veritas facit legem [Authority, not truth creates the law] Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan, Chapter 24 Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker heroically rescue Chancellor Palpatine from Count Dooku's pre-ordained “grip”; Dooku is beheaded by Anakin who defeats him in … Continue reading Emperor Palpatine’s Political Rise: Star Wars: Episode III

Chancellor Palpatine’s Political Rise: Star Wars: Episodes I & II

I will start the exposition of Chancellor Palpatine's sinister political genius which resulted in the overthrow of the Galactic Republic by writing about the events which took place in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. I will use Carl Schmitt's writings on dictatorship, sovereignty and the state of exception, which are extremely fruitful … Continue reading Chancellor Palpatine’s Political Rise: Star Wars: Episodes I & II

The Rule of Law’s Absence in “The Mandalorian” – Chapters I-III

The Mandalorian takes place some time after the fall of the Empire, in the outer reaches of the galaxy, which evades the authority of the New Republic. As we witness the beginning of the show, we see the setting similar to that of a western movie. A bar with thugs, and the hero, the Mandalorian … Continue reading The Rule of Law’s Absence in “The Mandalorian” – Chapters I-III

Freedom or Security? – MCU’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”

Chris Evans, the actor who impersonated Captain America, said the following words regarding his character's transition from the WWII era to the modern day: “It's not so much about his shock with [technology]... It's more about the societal differences. He's gone from the '40s to today; he comes from a world where people were a … Continue reading Freedom or Security? – MCU’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”

Neo-futuristic Combustible Decadence in “Akira”

I found Akira, a landmark animated film which introduced the Japanese animated films to the Western audience, to be an eclectic mess. During the first and even the second watching of the film it seemed that way. Later, as I managed to put the pieces together (and some parts of the film are fragments of … Continue reading Neo-futuristic Combustible Decadence in “Akira”

In Andrei Tarkovsky’s Words: “Russia’s Michelangelo and Tyranny of the Spirit”

An artist never works under ideal conditions. If they existed, his work wouldn’t exist, for the artist does not live in a vacuum. Some sort of pressure must exist. The artist exists because the world is not perfect. Art would be useless if the world were perfect, as man wouldn’t look for harmony but would … Continue reading In Andrei Tarkovsky’s Words: “Russia’s Michelangelo and Tyranny of the Spirit”

Other-worldly Environmentalism in Miyazaki’s “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind”

From the very first scene of Nausicaä we can see that we are in a place of magical beauty. The trees, a windmill and the surroundings are coated in what looks like a spider-web or frozen snow; the flakes are falling around a man riding strange creatures, wearing a mask, looking bird-like. The man breaks … Continue reading Other-worldly Environmentalism in Miyazaki’s “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind”

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”