Category Archives: fragments of culture

Dune

David Lynch’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novel Dune is also the most Josh movie ev-actually I think I’ve used up that clickbait lead. But suffice it to say, as both a fan of bad space opera movies and … Continue reading

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Oh no he’s writing about Malick again

Days of Heaven is also the most Josh movie ever made.

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It’s my story too

The Fall is the most Josh movie I’ve ever seen.

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Reading things

I noticed recently that I had unconsciously allowed my reading habits to slip, relegating books to subway commutes and the bedside. This had to change. Here’s a quick overview of the notables I’ve picked up since.

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Perchance to dream

Of course, having just described Akira Kurosawa as a great populist filmmaker I immediately turn my attention to one of his movies that very much does not fit that description – Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams, one of the last features he … Continue reading

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Spider’s Web Castle

When I made my most recent top ten movies list, I casually described Akira Kurosawa as the greatest filmmaker who ever lived. Which is ultimately something of a silly title – artists can and do use the medium for a … Continue reading

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Mindless entertainment

Terence Malick may be my favourite American filmmaker. I’ve seen six of his scant eight movies, four of which I consider to be unassailable masterpieces that speak to me very personally, one of which is merely ok, and the last … Continue reading

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Yes, I am doing another top ten movies list

I think a big part of why I like talking about movies so much here is that they’re not related to my academic background, nor do I have any personal stake in them, so there’s a very loose, noncommittal feel … Continue reading

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Movie magic

I’m not sure if I have any new insights to bring to Jean Cocteau’s 1946 adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, which is near-universally regarded as one of the best and most classic of movie fantasies. But I need to … Continue reading

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Living trees

I might as well begin with the controversial: movies have a bad track record in dealing earnestly with the spiritual, not just because of the usual cultural pressures, but because the medium itself is at a bit of a disadvantage. … Continue reading

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