Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond, or the not-so-subtle art of not giving a fuck.
"I can’t stand violence. I… I loathe it! And one feels so responsible putting an act of violence down on paper. If one can put an act of violence down on paper, you’ve created the act! You might as well have done it! I detest that damn book now." ---Anthony Burgess It’s funny how the… Continue reading A Clockwork Orange: Ultra-Violent Self-Censorship
"The tradition of all the dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brain of the living." -Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte In Stanley Kubrick: A Biography, Vincent Lobrutto tells us that Kubrick’s intention with The Shining was not to simply let King ‘adapt his own novel’ but rather to make the… Continue reading The Shining: Kubrick transforms King’s novel into a uncanny narrative of American colonialism.
Spoilers galore below! Mulholland Drive Unlike Lost Highway in which we are transported into the protagonist’s fantasy halfway through the film, Mulholland Drive places the spectator straight into the fantasy world of its protagonist Betty/Diane. The first two-thirds of the film plays out as the storyline of Rita who has amnesia, the spectator accepts this… Continue reading Mulholland Drive: Destructive worlds of fantasy and reality on the winding road of Lynch Angeles.
Lynch Angeles Many miles away from Lynchtown lies the dreamy city of Lynch Angeles. Lynch Angeles is a city where dreams become reality; a city where people can reinvent themselves; a city where people can go to forget about their troubles. This fantasy world of obfuscated dreams, obsessive desires and subverted narratives, is rooted within… Continue reading Lost Highway: Suppression of reality in Lynch Angeles, the city of dreams.
SPOILERS below, if you haven't seen this 30 year old classic! "Lynchtown is a cute, typically American, small town, in the midst of an ocean of forest... a base camp for an adventure of the imagination… a surface with only one side… a façade with nothing to hide"- Michel Chion Lynchtown: Lumberton, USA. It is in… Continue reading Blue Velvet: Twin worlds of desire within the American idyll of Lynchtown.
It is no secret that family dysfunction and Wes Anderson films go hand-in-hand. Whether it be the tumultuous Tenenbaums reverting to their teenage-selves to deal with the return of their abrasive patriarch, or the three brothers of The Darjeeling Limited going on a spiritual train journey across India to exorcise the guilt of missing their father's… Continue reading Moonrise Kingdom: Cultural tools of escapism enabling a storm of youthful rebellion.