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How might Mirror (Andrei Tarkovsky, Soviet Union, 1974), a formally adventurous ‘art film’, be at odds with 1970s Soviet ideology?

Mirror (1974) is a film that is constantly discussed amongst cinephiles for many reasons, be it it’s visual beauty, symbolism, or it’s “true meaning”. Referring to Tarkovsky’s childhood, the film explores themes of faith, war, family, and time – and it was these, along with the methods the director chose to express them, that drew … Continue reading How might Mirror (Andrei Tarkovsky, Soviet Union, 1974), a formally adventurous ‘art film’, be at odds with 1970s Soviet ideology?

Race and Sexuality in 300 (2006)

Based on Frank Millers graphic novel of the same name, Zack Synder’s 2006 action film 300 depicts the ancient battle of Thermopylae – in which 300 Spartans fought against an army of Persians reaching numbers of 170,000 soldiers. Upon the films release, there was much criticism towards depictions of race in the narrative, with some … Continue reading Race and Sexuality in 300 (2006)

Tarantino as A Post Modern Auteur (Pulp Fiction, 1994, Kill Bill Vol.1 2003)

Quentin Tarantino is considered to be one of modern cinema’s finest creators. From directing, writing, and being the cinematographer on his films – to even starring in them – he is an example of a filmmaker who has truly learnt from the Hollywood star systems of the past, and used it to his advantage. It … Continue reading Tarantino as A Post Modern Auteur (Pulp Fiction, 1994, Kill Bill Vol.1 2003)

Witchcraft and Film as Ritual in The Neon Demon

When Nicolas Winding-Refn announced The Neon Demon, he described cannibal supermodels, taking inspiration from the Hungarian Countess, Erzsebet Bathory (who is also the basis for many vampire myths). Of course, if you've seen the film that's obvious, but what I saw was a ritual. Each stand out moment fits perfectly with the concept of witches performing an invocation of a demon - one that will grant them eternal beauty and power. Believe me, this is no Haxan: Witchcraft Through The Ages (1922).