The dance scene in Garland’s Ex Machina is the most interesting scene in the movie and the best portrayal of Hegel’s Master-Slave dialectic in centuries. Definitely the best one on a disco beat. At first sight Ex Machina is about what makes an AI self conscious. Caleb, a young programmer, works for Bluebook (a Google-type… Read More Why the Dance Scene in Ex Machina (2015) Is More Philosophical Than You Think
Villeneuve’s Dune, opening night and I was there, in a seat exactly in the middle of the screen (I love that). Still, I wasn’t too excited because I expected to be deeply disappointed but – of course – I had to see Dune anyway. However, Dune took me by surprise and Villeneuve’s portrayal of the… Read More Dune’s Bene Gesserit, Three Visual Portrayals Compared
Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960) follows protagonists like a relay race. We start with Marion, until the iconic shower scene. We take over with Arbogast, until the stairs-shot-from-above scene. We continue with Lila and Sam, until the basement (reveal) scene. And then something strange happens. We find ourselves with a psychiatrist who explains it all to us,… Read More Why Psycho’s (1960) Psychiatrist Scene is More Important Than You Think
Swallow, written and directed by Carlo Mirabella-Davis, is a beautifully stylized movie, about Hunter, a young, rich, beautiful married woman whose life looks Instagram perfect. On the outside. It is also a movie that brought me very close to understanding the attraction to want to ingest uneatable objects. Cold, smooth objects. And sharp, dangerous objects.… Read More Swallow (2019), Horror and the Bathroom Scene
Joker in Joker dances frequently, at work and at home, but two dance scenes are key. The first one is the bathroom scene, right after Joker kills for the first time, having been taunted too much for too long. Initially this scene was not written as a dance scene. The dancing was improvised by Joaquin… Read More Joker (2019), Two Dance Scenes Compared
A remake of such an iconic film as Argento’s Suspira (1977) needs to have a different take. This is exactly what Guadagnino has done. Narrative and style are wildly different and only the basic story elements are kept: an American girl goes to a famous German dance school, where something strange is going on… Witches!… Read More Suspiria (2018) vs. Suspiria (1977), Which is More Feminist?
The story of Ghost in the Shell 2017 differs from the 1995 anime, but it does recreate scenes and characters. The changes in the recreated scenes might give clues about shifts in ideas concerning real, virtual and cyborgs then and now. Major Major. In the 1995 anime a badass, witty, able, philosophically questioning her own… Read More Ghost in the Shell (2017) versus (1995), Geisha’s Compared