Tag Archives: Consciousness

Mundane History (Anocha Suwichakornpong) Review

Though rather unassuming, Mundane History conveys this dreamy energy whose effects are felt for days to come. As the title commits, the narrative events are monotonous. Yet paired with a non-linear timeline, the blatant monotony becomes the driving force of … Continue reading

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Fantasy as Poetry, Fiction as Metaphor in Shinkai’s YOUR NAME

Your Name is a heartfelt, modern love story with an intricately layered narrative spanning philosophy, mythology, romance, and teenage fantasy within a science fiction melodrama. It is a brilliant feature anime, and the best I have seen since Takahata’s The … Continue reading

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The Long Take and Mindfulness

Branching from my recent post on the film cut and mental anxiety, I’d like to now put into context the opposite phenomenon, the link between long takes and mindfulness, a notion that often leads to theories on the therapeutic value … Continue reading

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The Film Cut and Mental Anxiety

The cinema is conscious. This is not a novel idea. There has been much discussion of this in the world of film theory. The cinema is not only reflective of visual culture but an instance of our own reality. In … Continue reading

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I Killed My Mother (Dolan, 2009)

An astounding debut by French-Canadian wunderkind Xavier Dolan conveying the stark reality of a mother/son relationship. The inspiring use of music, refrain, slow motion, and home video shows a creative talent as expressive as the Pollock-esque painting seen in the … Continue reading

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Lucy (Besson, 2014)

Though divisive and critically overlooked, Luc Besson’s Lucy (2014) will surely satisfy the armchair philosopher, especially those psychedelically inclined. Indebted to the LSD consciousness expansion movement of the 60s counterculture, Lucy is frankly the best visual interpretation of Mind at … Continue reading

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Before Midnight (Linklater, 2013)

The latest installment of Linklater’s Before… triptych has our atypical romantic-comedy duo Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) in the Peloponnes towards the end of the summer. Now together—and with twins—they fight about the hardships and sacrifices each have … Continue reading

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Upstream Color (Carruth, 2013)

While intriguing and highly provocative, Upstream Color doesn’t deliver on the many promises it appears to make. Opting to give as little information as possible, thus allowing viewers to forge interpretations of their own, the film doesn’t have nearly the … Continue reading

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Place Beyond The Pines (Cianfrance, 2012)

Cianfrance’s Place Beyond The Pines strongly evokes the feeling of passage—the passage of time, the passage of motion, the passage of ideas. The balanced structure harmonizes elements of cinematography, narrative, and ultimately narration to achieve a celebration of passing and … Continue reading

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Mouchette (Bresson, 1967)

Mouchette (1967) tells the heart-wrenching story of a young girl tragically forced to grow up too soon. With a dying mother, alcoholic father, and a baby brother to take care of, Mouchette (Nadine Nortier), a mere teenager, is trapped in … Continue reading

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