Dance or Die: a cinematic exploration of female hysteria and dance

Dance is one of the most physical, brutal expressions of emotion, requiring a loosening of the body and the senses that can be as poetic as it is frightening. Over the last 70 years, there has been a cinematic rise in the portrayal of danseuses-macabres who give up body, love and soul for their performance. …

Aging, Reflection & Mortality in The Straight Story & Lucky

The late, great Harry Dean Stanton in Lucky

One of the many life lessons I’ve adopted from Twin Peaks is FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper’s advice, “When two separate events occur simultaneously pertaining to the same object of inquiry, we must always pay strict attention.” Well, the two separate events that I’m colliding here to share are very recent screenings of David Lynch’s …

The Other Side of the Wind: A Netflix Original Film

Orson Welles' final film, The Other Side of the Wind

The Other Side of the Wind, a film that took nearly 50 years to piece together, is currently streaming on Netflix. That sentence alone would be enough to make the man that made the film look at you cross-eyed, and unless you're previously acquainted with Orson Welles' work, life, and turbulent relationship with Hollywood, hearing that …

Method Behind the Madness: New French Extremity

Method behind the madness: New French EXtremity

“If you wish to converse with me,” Voltaire famously said, “define your terms.” He didn’t actually say this, but the oft-repeated phrase is much more quotable than his original phrasing. What he’s getting at is that it’s almost impossible to have a real debate without participants first agreeing on a common understanding of the terms …

The Impact of A Clockwork Orange on Morality in Society

Almost everybody has seen or heard of Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange (1971), and many people globally now study the original book written by Anthony Burgess during their school or college years. This application to everyday life and education tells us immediately that this is a story which has something to teach us. For those …