Tag Archives: Psychology

Manchild in the Promised Land (1965, Claude Brown)

I haven’t read very much black literature or drug-culture literature or ghetto-life literature but I’ve never read anything that delves as deeply and as unpretentiously into such topics as this book, whose title and author I’d never heard of before … Continue reading

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A Light Sublime

12 Nov 2013: Limelight (DVD, 1951, Charlie Chaplin) Much more melancholy and morose than earlier silent-era Chaplin, even when he deals with the soul-destroying industrial horrors of Modern Times, this film counterintuitively feels more inspirational because of it by truly … Continue reading

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Extinctional Family

31 Oct 2013: Fists in the Pocket (DVD, 1965, Marco Bellocchio) Since one bathtub murder in a week wasn’t enough (the first one was faked, anyway), here’s a somewhat different story involving a similar device. While it has an unusual … Continue reading

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Drowning Your Problems in Film

30 Oct 2013: Diabolique (DVD, 1955, Henri-Georges Clouzot) An unsung masterwork of horror and dread, this film, like Wages of Fear and Le Corbeau, demonstrates Clouzot’s expertise at generating a claustrophobic and atmospheric environment of suspicion and recrimination. It seems … Continue reading

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British Grit

26 Sep 2013: High Hopes (DVD, 1988, Mike Leigh) I’ve responded strongly to all of the few Mike Leigh films I’ve seen thus far, but this is the one that feels the richest and warmest. To my taste the music … Continue reading

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Talkers

17 Sep 2013: Stalker (DVD, 1979, Andrei Tarkovsky) Though words like “ponderous” and “glacial” are seldom used to describe positive aspects of artwork, one has to note that glaciers are often mesmerizing and gorgeous and that a certain type of … Continue reading

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Torturess Viewing

27 Aug 2013: Death and the Maiden (DVD, 1994, Roman Polanski) Taking place almost entirely within a single small set and revolving around rape, beatings and forced captivities both past and present, one could call this a torture chamber drama, … Continue reading

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