Category Archives: film

Arrival’s Fatalism

If all time is eternally present All time is unredeemable. — T S Eliot, ‘Burnt Norton’ * For those who have not seen Denis Villeneuve’s 2016 science fiction film Arrival, I’ll offer a brief synopsis. Spoiler alert. The film opens … Continue reading

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Ana Lily Amirpour, ‘A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night’ (2015): Redacted Facebook rant

It’s all surface. Every shot is pure style, but not in a good way. It’s got the logic of a music video: simply an excuse for letting cool images float around. Yes, you can talk about that kind of language … Continue reading

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A note on Kieślowski

I recently rewatched Krzysztof Kieślowski’s La double vie de Véronique, a film I first saw around Christmastime 2008. Returning to the film was really an attempt to recover the feeling of inspiration and possibility I experienced when I first saw … Continue reading

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The paintings in ‘Amour’ (2012)

Amour is Haneke’s warmest film. Take that with as much irony as you find in it, but it seems to me a significant departure for a director whose work was hitherto primarily concerned with social dysfunction. Das weiße Band (2009) … Continue reading

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