looking on at robert frank’s ‘the americans’

Ed Ruscha writes "[Frank's] achievement could not be imitated in any way, because he had already done it, sewn it up and gone home. What [he] was left with was the vapors of his talent. I had to make my own kind of art. But wow! The Americans!" Robert Frank's 'The Americans', published in 1958, was…

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saved! (2004): satirising 00s fashion

Saved! (2004) is a criminally underrated translation of high school experience, friendship and faith and the fabric that weaves them all together. Although it is surprisingly unknown, at least in relation to the fame and popularity of some of its lead actors (Jena Malone, Macaulay Culkin, Patrick Fugit), it withholds its status as a cult…

language we wear: our controlled displays of identity

        It would be imposing and reductive to suggest identity is a word with a constant definition, one that is the same in every situation for every person. So for this article, I will focus on the identity game of reading books/wearing slogan t-shirts in public and what this can reveal about…

demystifying james joyce’s ulysses

James Joyce's modernist epic follows Leopold Bloom around public and private spaces of Dublin over the course of one day; as he eats, drinks, wanders, masturbates, watches and interacts with others. It was published in full during 1922, the same year that the poem that sought to define 20th-century anxiety (T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land)…

‘high school’ films: a modern renaissance

In his MTV interview at Toronto International Film Festival 2018, Timothée Chalamet speaks to Josh Horowitz about his experiences filming Beautiful Boy (2018) and what it means to be a young actor today. It can be seen here. He says, "What was amazing last year was that I felt like audiences are yearning, thirsty for films…

john berger and susan sontag on story-telling

In their 1983 Talk to Me (which can be seen here), artist and art critic John Berger and writer, philosopher, essayist and filmmaker Susan Sontag deliberate each other's, and articulate their own, versions and definitions of the art of story-telling. Sontag claims that at the 'very centre of the whole enterprise of story-telling there is the…

hereditary (2018) and its deleted scenes: notes on grief

Some of Hereditary's deleted scenes have recently been circulated and can be seen here. [spoilers] For a film that deals with as much spiritual and visual horror as it does, Hereditary's dissection of grief isn't overshadowed but enforced. Horror seldom realistically presents grief. Considering how dominantly and graphically it portrays death, it's surprising that something that…