Tag Archives: philosophy

88:88 (Medina, 2015)

The absence of reason; living without a sense of origin or destination. a meaningless search for finitude: for meaning in the lack of meaning, for structure in a lack of structure; the perennial experience of banality, of  repetition. distortion. decay. … 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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Taxi (Panahi, 2015)

Panahi’s most aesthetically pure and visually provocative film, chalk full of self-reference, cultural exposition, and homage to cinema. The Kiarostami-esque close up of a rose, eastern string instrumentation in the soundtrack, and long tracking takes from the taxi’s interior render … Continue reading

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Being, Time, and Rhythm: How Cinema as Art is Life

Rhythmic expression of time exists in three states: cinema, life, mind. When these expressions are in harmony, there is bliss. Rhythmic expression of film in harmony with man’s soul (implicit perception of time) equals acceptance of the aesthetic—declared art, love … 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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Under The Skin (Glazer, 2014) – Two Viewings

I saw Under the Skin back in September (2013) at TIFF. I wrote a capsule review for Next Projection that night, and felt that I had given too little time to digest such a complicated work. For months after, my … Continue reading

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Russian Ark (Sokurov, 2002)

Sokurov’s Russian Ark (2002) is not merely an exercise in technique; with the single take that comprises it, Russian Ark, perhaps more than any other film, illustrates film’s capacity to convey the presence of time and space within reality through … 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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Persona Explained (Bergman, 1966)

Honestly, I don’t find this film difficult to understand. It’s not ambiguous, I think it’s quite clear what Bergman is saying. Of course, I may be wrong, First, you must understand that Elizabeth is the person and Sister Alma is … Continue reading

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On Formalism & Aesthetic Experience

In this paper, I will examine the formalist perspective of film theory, focusing particularly on the work of Rudolf Arnheim and Jean Mitry. I will begin with an overview of the history of film theory, followed by a description of … Continue reading

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