Tag Archives: film criticism

The New Mythology is the Old Mythology

Kingdom of the Banal Why is it I find it so hard to finish novels these days? And I’m not talking about trashy supermarket fluff, either. I mean the stuff that in Canada is given the imprimateur of ‘literary fiction.’ … Continue reading

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The Delusion of Invulnerability

A Review of The Desolation of Smaug Less action, more magic. I could stop at that and it would be a fitting review of this movie. The current craze for ultraviolence in mega-budget movies made possible by CGI too often … Continue reading

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Occupy Love—An Exercise in Hope or Futility?

Warning: review may include spoilers Occupy Love (http://occupylove.org/), the latest in filmmaker Velcrow Ripper’s Fierce Love Trilogy of social activist documentaries, poses the existential question of our era—Can the forces of love triumph over the forces of corporate and governmental … Continue reading

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Dead Can Dance: Music Of the Spheres

“It is through Art and Art only that we can realize our perfection; through Art and Art only that we can shield ourselves from the sordid perils of existence.” —Oscar Wilde   a reed stylus in soft clay sings the … Continue reading

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Life in the Village Part 2

2. The Violence of Order “Order conceals a greater violence than disorder.” —Roland Topor, The Prisoner, Alain Carrazé & Hélène Oswald, Virgin Publishing, 1990 “Order conceals a greater violence than disorder. It embraces the additional violence of untruth,” explains Topor … Continue reading

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Life in the Village

1. World in Microcosm “Where am I?” “In the Village.” “What do you want?” “Information.” “Whose side are you on?” “That would be telling. We want information… information… information…” “You won’t get it.” “By hook or by crook we will.” … Continue reading

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Collateral Damage: Violence in Film and Society Part 2

2. Our Romance with Violence The world of movies has always had a neurotic relationship with violence. From the earliest cowboy films produced by Hollywood to the glut of action films currently in vogue, violence has been one of the … Continue reading

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