Category Archives: personhood

The Originals – Bourdieu & Hollywood’s tack

The Originals is a most unoriginal show trying to bank on the image of seduction and transgression of vampires whilst being utterly conventional. The Originals are the ‘original vampires’ from whom all other vampires have descended. They come from medieval … Continue reading

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Calvary – Justice and Compassion

A good priest is threatened to be killed by someone who has suffered abuse from priests when he was a child. Father James (Brendan Gleeson) sees through the shit of people with irony and the occasional confrontation; yet he is … Continue reading

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Inside Out – No emotions, only feelings

Inside Out seeks to hide its lack of originality behind clever ingenuity. It tells the story of a young girl through her ‘emotions’, except these are nothing more than instinctual reactions. Instead of depicting the different sides of one person, … Continue reading

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Stand by Me & Animal House – Liminality & Communitas

There are two films that best capture Victor Turner’s ‘liminality’ and ‘communitas’: Stand by Me and Animal House. They are not about tribes in remote parts of the world. They are about young kids growing up or refusing to grow … Continue reading

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Chef – Food, Class, and Salvation in America

Chef is an insipid comedy stuffed with movie stars but no bite. Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) is the head chef at a posh restaurant in California. He’s frustrated by the restaurant owner’s imposition of classical dishes, which stifles his creativity. … Continue reading

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Francis of Assisi (part 3) – Cavani’s Francesco

Liliana Cavani made two films about Francis: Francis of Assisi (1966) and Francesco (1989). Both were considered scandalous. The 1966 film reflected the cultural and social changes of the sixties. The social awakening of youth, the breaking away from authority, … Continue reading

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Boyhood – Gender (and Religion?)

Dr. Sharon Marcus (Columbia University) and Dr. Anne Skomorowsky (Columbia University) do a great job at analysing gender in Boyhood. They argue that the film shows how the coming of age of a boy, Mason, is about self-expression, self-confidence, and … Continue reading

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The Homesman – a lesson in humanity

Homesman is an excellent film with a great interpretation by Hilary Swank as Mary Bee Cuddy. It is not a feminist western! It does not put forward a feminist idea and should not be judged accordingly. It is a lesson … Continue reading

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Fight Club – Authenticity, Consumer Culture & Masculinity

Fight Club has the pretension of being sociological by pretending to critique consumer society. It’s never a good idea for film-makers to play sociologist unless they are well versed with it and David Fincher ain’t . As a results, the film … Continue reading

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Iris – Class, Melodramatic Alzheimer & Not Murdoch

Iris is a formulaic and superficial melodrama supposedly on Iris Murdoch. Murdoch was an important philosopher and novelist who is here reduced to a little more than a spoilt brat. Kate Winslet as Murdoch is terrible, perhaps it is because of the … Continue reading

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