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
Stephen King was pleased to find out about Stanley Kubrick’ plans to adapt The Shining. But this happiness was short-lived: King thoroughly disliked Kubrick’s film and hasn’t stopped since to express his intense disapproval. King: “He’s kind of a dyspeptic filmmaker, a Type A filmmaker, worrying and wanting to edit right up to the end.… Read More The Shining: King versus Kubrick on Horror
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
Sartre describes in his oeuvre emotional responses that could easily be recognized as horrific reactions, the emotions the horror genre wants to evoke. Our sudden irrational fear of an unexpected face against the window (in Sketch for a Theory of the Emotions), Roquentin’s nauseating experience when the entire world seems to collapse from its determined… Read More Sartre about Horror, Human Existence Symbolized or an Escape?
Incident in a Ghostland is a story of two teenage sisters. The younger one, Beth, loves to write and read horror stories, the other one, Vera, is mostly annoyed with everything and especially them moving with their mom to a house of a deceased aunt in the middle of nowhere. We see them first in… Read More Incident in a Ghostland (2018) and Defining Horror pt.3/3
Hereditary is a story about a family. Grandmother has died and we see the family – mother Annie, father Steve, daughter Charlie and son Peter – at her funeral. Things are not quite right. There is a strange symbol on the necklaces of grandmother and Annie. Annie hardly knew her mother as we understand from… Read More Hereditary (2018) and Defining Horror pt. 2/3
The most interesting ideas in Blade Runner 2049 are portrayed in the AI character Joi and her relation with male protagonist K. Their relation is not shown as unproblematic. In an early scene K. remarks – while watching an old clip – that Rachael likes Decker, but he is answered coldly that everybody likes to… Read More Blade Runner 2049’s Joi versus Jeanette Winterson about Artificial Love