Film

‘Til The 21st Century Lose

‘Til The 21st Century Lose

This week has crawled by. If I can be sure of anything, it’s that I’ve been shaken out of my complacency and so have many others. It’s been nice to talk to people and see the connections being made on…

Into the Wild: Moving Away from Adjunct Teaching

Into the Wild: Moving Away from Adjunct Teaching

I’ve been far more distracted from the blog and pleasurable writing than I intended being this year. My days and nights have been filled with the unpleasant tasks of composing cover letters and carefully filling out online applications. I made…

First Impressions of Quentin Tarantino’s THE HATEFUL EIGHT

First Impressions of Quentin Tarantino’s THE HATEFUL EIGHT

Heidi and I met up with some friends to see Quentin Tarantino‘s THE HATEFUL EIGHT during its limited roadshow screening in 70mm. Aside from the obvious glory of watching a movie projected in such a wide format and the fact…

Speech Acts in Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth

Speech Acts in Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth

The importance of words and storytelling is immediately apparent in Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth (Spanish: El laberinto del fauno, Spain/Mexico, 2006).  The film opens with the voiceover of a narrator, who describes a fantastical subterranean world where a young princess…

Screening Bong Joon-Ho’s SNOWPIERCER

Screening Bong Joon-Ho’s SNOWPIERCER

This is my first blog post discussing a film.  My intention is to organize this post a bit differently from most things you read online that analyze or talk about a film. I have structured it to start with a…

The Heritage of Depression in Lars von Trier’s MELANCHOLIA

The Heritage of Depression in Lars von Trier’s MELANCHOLIA

The first time I saw Lars von Trier’s Melancholia (Denmark/Sweden/France/Germany, 2011), I didn’t fully appreciate its complex representation of depression.  Despite the lush imagery, Shakespearean references, and the threat of the end of the world, something about the portrayal of…