Category Archives: American cinema

Pretty Vacant: Song to Song (Terrence Malick, USA, 2017)

A Malickian montage of thoughts about Song to Song, the latest film from Terrence Malick. Kill your gods There may be a God. There may even be Gods. But there is no god who is a human. And for many years … Continue reading

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Chaosmopolitan Cinema: Cinema, Globalisation, Holocaust

Yesterday (22 February 2017), the excellent scholar Celestino Deleyto gave a talk at the Centre for Research into Film and Audiovisual Cultures at the University of Roehampton, London. In the talk, Deleyto outlined an argument that has also appeared in … Continue reading

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From Billy Lynn to Rogue One

In Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (Ang Lee, USA/UK/China, 2016), there is a sequence where Billy (Joe Alwyn) experiences a flashback to his tour as a soldier in Iraq. The scene is ultimately innocuous, but as Billy looks around him in an … Continue reading

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Trump cinema

Some people suggest that Donald Trump’s victory in the American election is as a result of his television personality. In some senses, I do not doubt it. More than this, though, I wonder about the role that television (and other … Continue reading

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Lion (Garth Davis, Australia/USA/UK, 2016)

There is a sequence in Lion where Saroo (Dev Patel) and his soon-to-be girlfriend Lucy (Rooney Mara) walk to a party on opposite sides of the street. Lucy does a wee dance, and Saroo then copies her – the pair thus … Continue reading

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Philosophical Screens: Goodfellas (Martin Scorsese, USA, 1990)

This post is a written version of the thoughts that I shall be giving/gave about Goodfellas on Monday 23 January 2017 as part of the London Graduate School‘s Philosophical Screens series, and part of the ongoing Martin Scorsese retrospective being run … Continue reading

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The comedy of experimental cinema

I can only say what I saw and heard (and felt and thought). Over the last two evenings, I have attended two experimental film events. The first was a screening of Michael Snow’s La région centrale (Canada, 1971) at the Serpentine … Continue reading

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