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Arrival: On Intuition, Language, and A Great Film’s Greatest Failure (Villeneuve, 2016)

In spite of dropping the inimitable Roger Deakins (Prisoners–a masterpiece–, Sicario), Canada’s leading Studio director, Denis Villeneuve, has crafted a film of bracing visual detail and innovation, using primarily push ins, pull outs, and overexposure in producing haunting images of the … Continue reading

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Sátántangó Explained (Tarr, 1994)

There are many people who think the end is the beginning. It is not. At least not in the diegetic sense. The end is exactly as the doctor describes: 13 days after he is hospitalized. That is, 13 days after … Continue reading

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Ordet (Dreyer, 1955)

Such perfect mastery of time and rhythm perhaps unequaled in cinema. A chamber drama with few scenes, each austerely captured by the observing and detached gaze of a languid camera, which carefully tracks the actors deeply nuanced performances in long … 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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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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Mirror (Zerkalo, Tarkovsky, 1975)

Seeing Mirror (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1975) last night in 35 mm simply confirmed its place as, not only my favourite Tarkovsky — in other words, my favourite film by my favourite director — but, along with Memento and Rashōmon, one of … Continue reading

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Film As Art: Moments In Time

Article written for The Parallax, a film journal based in Vancouver, BC. *** Has film ever made you feel suspended in time? Felt a moment that seemed to transcend how time is normally experienced? It seems that one’s state of … Continue reading

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