2000s

Power Worship & Superheroes

I'm a fan of superhero films. But the genre has gotten mired in a disturbing trend that needs to be discussed.

Power Worship & Superheroes

Songs from the Second Floor - Not with a bang,

Everyone in Songs from the Second Floor is dead and as stagnant as the city's traffic. They wear ghoulish makeup and are covered in the ashes of Eliot's wasteland.

Songs from the Second Floor - Not with a bang,

Werckmeister Harmonies

In the opening scene of Werckmeister Harmonies, Janos explains the nature of an eclipse to a group of men in a bar. He begins scientifically, charting out the motions of the heavenly bodies. As the men's movements turn into an ethereal dance, János ventures into the poetically biblical "And then ... complete silence. Everything that lives is still. Are the hills going to march off? Will heaven fall upon us?"

Werckmeister Harmonies

Horror of the Absurd

I prefer absurd horror.  Naturalism and magical realism take all the fun out of it.  I don't want to take out the DVD and know that if I simply avoid this particular campsite or houses built on ancient Indian burial grounds, I'll be safe.  I don't want to know about the troubled childhood of the ghost or the serial killer.  The true horrors are in the unknown, and more so, in the unknowable.

Horror of the Absurd

Several Swedes

Only 3 months less relevant, here are swedes of 12 films from 2009 that were nominated for Silver Reels awards. These were broadcast on UATV during the ceremony in March.

The Racism of Eastwood's Invictus

Freeman's Mandela exists solely to forgive white people, assuage their guilt, promote reconciliation and ask for nothing in return. In Invictus, we never see Mandela fight for black rights, only for white love.