Martin Zandvliet’s Land of Mine goes on to tell a very different side of war. In fact, it’s not a war film since it takes place after the war. There is a much darker undertone behind the juvenile, playful titular pun, that makes the film emotionally riveting. In sharp contrast to Roni Ezra’s 9. April‘s ‘futility of […]Read more "Youthful Dreams of Mine: “Land of Mine”"
A space odyssey, a homage to Boulder Dash, and a testimony to in depth exploration done right, fellow readers, may I introduce Captain Cowboy. Aside from the usual train of products that come along our way each week, Captain Cowboy is not one of your run-of-the-mill retro titles claiming its authenticity solely with 16 bit design and migraine […]Read more "An Extraterrestrial Excursion Worth Taking: “Captain Cowboy”"
Going against the odds seems to be a popular motif in war films. But 9. April is a slight deviant. No hill is defended, no tanks are sabotaged, and there are no heroes. Silhouetted against the cyan sky of Jutland, the Danish troops pedal their bicycles, on their way to hold off the Wehrmacht. With no trucks, […]Read more "A War in a Day: “9. April”"
Louise Nevelson’s piece titled Sky Cathedral is an emblematic rendition of an assemblage art – one of the prominent stylistic conventions of abstract expressionism. The work exerts a persuasive perspective of the artist, appearing natural and logical in the composition of objects that make up the holistic picture. There is a great degree of intuition […]Read more "An Inquisitive Dab at Modern Art: Nevelson’s “Sky Cathedral”"
It’s funny. It’s gritty. And it’s rare. Is it sad? Yes, the type of sadness that cradles tears of blissful woe under your eyes. One thing about western movies before we delve in. There’s the law. But who keeps the law in check? Not really the constables, not the sheriffs, not the marshals. These figures […]Read more "Unfettering Things in “Django Unchained”"
Comedic on surface, while inherently dark and poignant beneath, The Lobster is a charming three-way cross between comedy, romance, and horror with a deep layer of satire. Using dry wit and occasional elements of black comedy, the film is a foreboding social commentary that pokes into a lot of themes, but one that isn’t so clear in […]Read more "“The Lobster”: Diagnosing Love in the Contemporary"
If there is one glaring problem with travel guides, it’s probably the fact that they are simply condescending. Bad travel guide books are often facile patronizers. A good deal of guidebooks are naive in this regard, as writers and editors believe its their job to list everything that is available to do in a city, […]Read more "Cities are Fun: ‘The Monocle Travel Guide Series: Tokyo’"