Ernst Becker’s “Defiant Promethianism” in Ex Machina

When Mary Shelly wrote her novel in 1818, she had seen firsthand the inhumane conditions that had resulted from the Industrial Revolution in Great Britain.  During the first wave of industrialization between 1790-1840, workers had little to no protections and were more or less slaves to Industry barons.  When she wrote Frankenstein, she aptly prefaced... Continue Reading →

Interstellar’s nod to Salvador Dali’s Nuclear Mysticism

In 1952, Salvador Dali did a lecture tour series in the United States in order to publicize his new “Mystical Manifesto”.  By this time, Dali’s art and vision had developed along a very different line from the paranoid-critical method of his previous Surrealist framework.   In his manifesto, he outlined his new theory of art called... Continue Reading →

Satoshi Kon’s Paprika: the Parade of Post-Modern Consciousness

Satoshi Kon’s Anime film, Paprika (2006), a surreal and psychedelic visual feast, addresses issues of human identity, consciousness, and technology.  Paprika approaches the idea of human consciousness as an abstract, unbroken stream of dreams, reality, movies, and technology, through a “dream carnival”, or a collective, public dream.   Personal identity comes to a point of crisis and becomes... Continue Reading →

Moonlight (2016) Barry Jenkins

Occasionally when you go to the movies you experience one of those rare occurrences in film where you sense that filmic stereotypes are being not only broken but metamorphized.  You watch the film expecting to see generic conventions and instead you see this completely new watching a monarch emerge from the confinement of its... Continue Reading →

Wes Anderson’s Sublimity in Pink

I’ve watched this film several times and I always notice something new. This time around watching it was the first that I noticed the different film formats. I noticed that some scenes were reminiscent of “flat” silent cinema while others reminded me of 1930’s gangster films. The narrative structure of The Grand Budapest Hotel is... Continue Reading →

Rea Tajiri- “Observing others from a distance”

In her documentary film History and Memory, Rea Tajiri poetically reconstructs the silent narrative of her family’s experience in Japanese internment camps. The public history or memory of the event(s) is represented in film through WWII Govt. propaganda, glamorized Hollywood films, and limited archival footage (some of which declares that Japanese Americans surrendered willingly and... Continue Reading →

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