Category Archives: Film

Lately …

Lately I’ve listened to a lot of music, intensely, for two to three hours a day. My musical taste is shaped by the punk era, though by the time I discovered punk, it was all over. I’m a child of the … Continue reading

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Fassbinder once said

I detest the idea that love between two persons can lead to salvation. All my life I have fought against this oppressive type of relationship. Instead, I believe in searching for a kind of love that somehow involves all of … Continue reading

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Favourite Films (10)

I was asked by a friend about my favourite films, so here goes with a list of the top ten that come to mind today. They are in no particular order. There should be a Woody Allen here, but in … Continue reading

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David Mitchell’s Passion for Language

In this interview David Mitchell discusses his passion for language. Whatever the reason behind the change from Sony (a “fabricant” character named Sonmi) to Samsung in the Wachowskis’ film of Cloud Atlas (“You’d have to ask the directors if any … Continue reading

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Sacred Cows, Tinctures, Zombies and Chomsky

From reading a compelling review in TLS’s In Brief to tucking into Mark Dery’s I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts was an interval of three days. I’m one foreword, an introduction and a single essay in, and I’ve got that familiar, but rare, … Continue reading

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Tacita Dean’s Green Ray/Eulogy to Film

Tacita Dean’s bewitching eulogy to film (and capturing of the ‘green ray’ – do you see it?). The text below is from this interview with Jeffrey Eugenides This is really interesting, because I filmed it on this beach in Madagascar, and … Continue reading

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Idées Fixes of the Week

Edward Burtynsky Burtynsky: OIL – Photographers’ Gallery: 19 May – 1 July 2012 ***** Slimescapes | World War One Centenary Santanu Das The acute memory of visceral trauma exceeds the material, literal referent – liquid, porridge, quicksand – and can, … Continue reading

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Idées Fixes of the Week

***** Edmund Husserl Cartesian Meditations: An Introduction to Phenomenology First, anyone who seriously intends to become a philosopher must “once in his life” withdraw into himself and attempt, within himself, to overthrow and build anew all the sciences that, up … Continue reading

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A Most Delicate Face

Anna Maria Pierangeli She wasn’t exuberant like Sophia Loren, vivacious like Gina Lolobrigida, or intense like Anna Magnani. But she was just as talented. What distinguished her from these women were an ordinary-girl quality, a soft-spoken manner, a most delicate face, and … Continue reading

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Zona by Geoff Dyer

Without reservation, I am a deep-seated admirer of Geoff Dyer’s work. Since reading his D. H. Lawrence book I have continued through each of his titles. Last year I went to a talk that Dyer gave on Camus, (available here, but … Continue reading

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