- Late Spring (Yasujirô Ozu, 1949)
- Alice (Jan Svanmajer, 1988)
- Stille Nacht II: Are We Still Married? (Brothers Quay, 1992)
- Stille Nacht IV: Can’t Go Wrong Without You (Brothers Quay, 1993)
- Stalker (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1979)
- The Only Son (Yasuj…
The term ‘postmodernism’ is a broad and multi-faceted notion that deals with the nature of contemporary Western society and culture. All types of Western art, including film, might be seen to have adapted to the postmodern, which in turn is considered to be a reaction to ideas inherent in Modernism. For example, postmodernism is defined by Charles Jencks as ‘both the continuation of Modernism and its transcendence’ (Jencks, 1995: 27), suggesting that postmodernism is not an original movement; rather it is the reworking of Modernist features by postmodern artists in the attempt to create something new. To explore the concept of postmodernism, I use Tim Burton’s film Big Fish (2003), examining it with reference to Jean Baudrillard’s theory of hyperreality, a common theme found in many postmodernist films.
Baudrillard is a key theorist in exploring the idea of hyperreality in postmodern society. Baudrillard claims that an image transcends from a reflection of basic reality until finally, ‘it bears no relation to reality whatever: it is its own pure simulacrum’ (Baudrillard, 1998: 173). Baudrillard’s successive phases of the image reflect the transition from what we considered ‘real’ to the simulated reality inevitable in the postmodern world….
On the 5th February 1953, Walt Disney delighted children and adults all over the world with his latest animated classic. Peter Pan, the tale of the boy who never grew up was originally written by Scottish playwright J.M. Barrie as a tale for the stage. Due to its unexpected but natural popular appeal, the enchanting story of love, family, loyalty, and growing up was soon after adapted by Barrie into the form of a novel.
Blending all of the fairytale ingredients that concoct to create a truly imaginative story, Barrie writes of native American Indians, mermaids, pirates, fairies, the Lost Boys, and the three Darling children who fly to Neverland to experience its adventures in all their wonder….
2014 In Films - January Summary
2014 went off to a great start with a whopping 56 films in total, 45 of those being new-to-me films (that is, films I haven’t seen before). See the full list of films I watched in January HERE. My theme for the month was ‘Carry On Joking January’ where I aimed to watch as many Carry On films and comedy films as possible. Unfortunately I watched nowhere near the amount I had planned. Nevertheless, I did watch a great deal of them I hadn’t already seen, along with an Ealing comedy Passport to Pimlico (Henry Cornelius, 1949) and another classic British comedy The Big Job (Gerald Thomas, 1965)….
TCM’s 31 Days of Oscars
Easily the most anticipated film event of the year, the 86th annual Academy Awards will be held on 2nd March 2014 7e/4p on ABC, and broadcast live in 225 countries and territories worldwide. In preparation for this epic event, the American TCM channel will be holding a 31 Days of Oscars event marathon starting 1st February featuring Oscar films from years gone by all day, everyday. From the likes of Gone with the Wind (1939) to North by Northwest (1959), through to contemporary Oscar nominees including Tess(1980) through to Philadelphia (1993), TCM will be the place for any cinephile to be to enjoy some of the best films ever made…..
2014 In Film - Themed Film Months
Throughout my 2013 in films challenge, it occurred to me, that as I was taking part in Noirvember (a worldwide participation in watching film noir films throughout November, daily if possible), perhaps I could theme each month. I could then end the month with some form of academic essay or introduction to the subject based on what I had learnt through my research. I have come up with ideas for the majority of the months, but am yet to theme them all. These are my monthly themes thus far:
Carry On Joking January…..
Afterthoughts on the Golden Globes 2014
The Golden Globe Awards have finally arrived!!
Awards season has finally arrived for cinema, and began last night with the 71st Annual Golden Globes Ceremony. It’s an exciting time of year for film fans everywhere as cinephiles eagerly make their predictions on who will pick up the award for best film or best actor, and the media splash out their promotional material of all the competing films as they battle in healthy competition for the top spot……
Redemptive Time Travel in Harold Ramis’s Groundhog Day (1993)
The concept of time travel is a complicated one, invoking both fantasies of visiting past and future events that we were not or will not be alive to see, and raising scientific debates about the plausibility of time travel. Time travel is the focus subject of many major science fiction and fantasy works including Doctor Who, (Doctor Who, 2005, pictured above) The Time Machine (Wells, 2012), and stretching back to pre-H.G. Wells literature such as Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (Dickens, 2012). Science scholar and author Paul Nahin states that ‘time travel is the ultimate fantasy, the scientific addition to the human quest for immortality’ (Nahin, 1999: 3). Nahin expresses the desirable nature of time travel; not only would it allow us to save loved ones from death, but we would be able to visit any moment in time. The theme of time travel in fantasy fiction however may leave the possibility of time travel as just that – a fantasy, and not address the scientific possibilities of it. Time travel is evident in genres other than fantasy and science fiction, but it may instead be illustrated through human memory……
The BAFTA nominations are here!!
Awards season is finally approaching starting with the Golden Globes this Sunday. The BAFTAs however is the monumental British awards show that recognises films throughout the year for particular achievements. This morning, the nominations were announced, Gravity (Alfonso Cuaron) receiving an outstanding 11 nominations!!
Here are the nominations with my predictions highlighted in bold (note: a lot of the films I’m still to see so have made a complete guess so far and I will update once I have seen them all):