Akira (Katsuhiro Otomo, 1988) “Destruction as the Cause of Becoming”

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 Akira (Katsuhiro Otomo, 1988) “Destruction as the Cause of Becoming”

Game of Thrones Season 7 Overview Episodes 6&7 “The Board is Set”

Episode 6 – Beyond the Wall In the episode 3, the one I have already written about in the article “Mad King’s Daughter?” (covering episodes 3-5), Littlefinger says to Sansa: “Don’t fight in the North or the South. Fight every battle everywhere, always, in your mind. Everyone is your enemy, everyone is your friend. Every … Continue reading Game of Thrones Season 7 Overview Episodes 6&7 “The Board is Set”

Game of Thrones Season 7 Overview Episodes 3-5 “Mad King’s Daughter?”

 Episode 3 – Queen’s Justice I have already written about episodes 1 & 2, in the article "Land and Sea", and in the third episode of Season 7 pieces on the chessboard are positioned in such a way that the Queen (Daenerys) is checking the King (Jon). He arrives at Dragonstone at his own will, … Continue reading Game of Thrones Season 7 Overview Episodes 3-5 “Mad King’s Daughter?”

Game of Thrones Season 7 Overview Episodes 1&2 “Land and Sea”

Episode 1: Dragonstone “For in heroic societies life is the standard of value. If someone kills you, my friend or brother, I owe you their death and when I have paid my debt to you their friend or brother owes them my death. The more extended my system of kinsmen and friends, the more liabilities … Continue reading Game of Thrones Season 7 Overview Episodes 1&2 “Land and Sea”

Cinematic TV Shows in 1000 Words: Game of Thrones – Season 7 Overview: Introductory Remarks

With the Season 8 of Game of Thrones, a worldwide cultural phenomenon, at our doorstep, I decided to take a break from writing about arthouse cinema and directors and write about the Season 7 of the show during the next week’s time. I believe that this TV show in particular, has a lot to tell … Continue reading Cinematic TV Shows in 1000 Words: Game of Thrones – Season 7 Overview: Introductory Remarks

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”

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (Hayao Miyazaki, 1984) “Purity of Earth”

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 Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (Hayao Miyazaki, 1984) “Purity of Earth”

Dr. Strangelove (Stanley Kubrick, 1964) “Ship of Fools”

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 Dr. Strangelove (Stanley Kubrick, 1964) “Ship of Fools”

Lion King (Walt Disney Animation Studios, 1994) “Circle of Life and the Other”

  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 Lion King (Walt Disney Animation Studios, 1994) “Circle of Life and the Other”

The Lives of Others (Florian Henckel von Donnersmack, 2006) “Auschwitz of the Soul”

Introductory remarks: The painting selected alongside the headline of the article is Ernst Ludwig Kirchner's "Mountains and Houses In the Snow". His expressionism conveys the overstressed colors which are on the verge of puncture. For this article, white and its sublime horror presented in the painting are particularly interesting. The symbolism of this use of … Continue reading The Lives of Others (Florian Henckel von Donnersmack, 2006) “Auschwitz of the Soul”