Mindful Bard Film Review: Aftershock

Film: Aftershock (2010) Director: Feng Xiaogang Cast: Fan Xu, Jingchu Zhang, Chen Li Genre: Art House/International/Drama “When told only one child could be saved, my mother said, ‘Save my son.’ These words keep ringing inside my ears. Dad, it’s not that I don’t remember. It’s just that I can never forget.” from Aftershock “He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us, more potent, nay, more present than the living man.” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Getting to “Forgive Me” Most tearjerkers set you up by making you fall in love with the characters and then leading you … Continue reading Mindful Bard Film Review: Aftershock

Film review: The Illusionist ——– “The sadness of Tatischeff and his essential solitude are so beautifully couched in exquisite portrayals of the essential sweetness of life.”

http://www.voicemagazine.org/articles/columndisplay.php?ART=8150 Film review: The Illusionist ——– “The sadness of Tatischeff and his essential solitude are so beautifully couched in exquisite portrayals of the essential sweetness of life.” Continue reading Film review: The Illusionist ——– “The sadness of Tatischeff and his essential solitude are so beautifully couched in exquisite portrayals of the essential sweetness of life.”

Metropia: Brazil’s 1984-Style Matrix in 21st-Century Sweden

In Metropia the holocaust was brought on by a financial collapse inevitable in a world of unbridled corporate greed, a theme we’ll probably be seeing more of as writers react to current global financial crises. And it shares with The Matrix more than just a love of the underground train motif; Metropia makes explicit the implicit Matrix message that human beings might deliberately choose to be slaves to illusions created by the marketplace. The film also rounds out 1984’s message by pointing out that absolute control is a primary goal not only of totalitarian regimes but also of other lovers … Continue reading Metropia: Brazil’s 1984-Style Matrix in 21st-Century Sweden

What is the Avant-Garde and Why Does it Matter?

. . . Yes, it does sometimes seem like the art was done by monkeys or the music played by toddlers or the camera just set on a tripod and allowed to pick up whatever passed in front of it. But this is definitely not the case. The avant-garde is all the more rigorous because the rules are emerging from the work itself and the artist must be extremely mindful of trespassing against these rules. . . (read the article) Continue reading What is the Avant-Garde and Why Does it Matter?