From September, 2018

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…

paris, texas (1984) and edward hopper: a visual love affair

Fluorescent lights and rooms with a view. Brutalist and commercial landscapes of American modernity. Edward Hopper and cinematographer Robby Müller both produce a kind of romance in their isolated portraits of individual subjects. Both alike in their treatment of distance, the viewer’s position becomes as striking as the composition of the bodies in view. Public…

a guide to mourning the end of summer

Cher recently tweeted ‘Was Wondering If We Should HANG ON 2 SUMMER & KEEP DANCING …OR ….SOB OUR WAY INTO FALL’. Below is an unranked list of novels and films that feel inspired by warmth and melancholy to mediate the transition from summer into autumn.     1. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993) ‘I want…