“If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.” These oft-used but potent words from the late Carl Sagan stuck in my head recently whilst trying to decipher The Tree of Life (2011), somewhat in vain. Five weeks and two additional viewings later, I believe I’m only … Continue reading A Cosmic Look at “Tree of Life”
For the first part of a Film/Photo project that revolves around Terrence Malick, I journeyed to downtown Plattsburgh, New York. Having lived here for over three years now I was honestly a bit apprehensive of how interesting accessible locales would be but I was pleasantly surprised with the results. The project involves developing themes and … Continue reading Broken Buildings and Home: Location Scouting
"We do not feel the full passion of the adults because it is not [Linda's] passion: It is seen at a distance, as a phenomenon, like the weather, or the plague of grasshoppers that signals the beginning of the end." -Roger Ebert's Review of Days of Heaven Days of Heaven was a deeply upsetting film for me … Continue reading The Destructive Cycle of Man vs. Nature in Days of Heaven
Following last week's post on Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom, I came across an analysis of the film by Matt Zoller Seitz, a praised film critic and essayist. From Chapter 7 of his book, The Wes Anderson Collection, he explores some of the same themes I previously wrote about myself: those of parents and children becoming equals. "The … Continue reading “Something Happened”
How visual symmetry puts children and adults in the same scary and disorienting world.