Tag Archives: phenomenology

Experimental Cinema, Snow & Saïto

La Région Centrale (Michael Snow, 1971, 16mm) A meditation of time itself. Challenges the viewer’s capacity for prayer as it entangles the spiritual and physical in worlds both of the reveler and the revealed through a form of fixed yet … 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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The Long Day Closes (Davies, 1992)

The lighting in The Long Day Closes (1992) is nothing short of brilliance. For it alone, this film is well worth seeing — a must for any avid cinephile. The specific high key lighting, both off and on screen — … Continue reading

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Diary of a Country Priest (Journal d’un curé de campagne, Bresson, 1951)

A performance of austerity on the subject of austerity. A filmmaker practices austerity to create art; a priest (Claude Laydu) practices austerity to instill faith: both seek to fluorish growth amidst the people. The ascetic habits and characteristics of the … 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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Distortion Of Truth – Kurosawa Akira’s Rashômon

Kurosawa Akira’s Rashômon (1950), a jidai-geki or ‘period piece’, is both a profound examination of the human condition, and a phenomenological meditation about the nature of reality, perception, and truth. The film stars Mifune Toshirô  as ‘the bandit’, Tajômaru; Kyô … Continue reading

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