Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975)


One of the greatest strengths of cinema is its ability to place us into someone else’s life. Many art forms do that, but something about cinema makes it easier to inhabit the sensory world of a character, which can often provide the most poignant insight into his or her reality. However, Chantal Akerman’s Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles struggles with the boundaries of cinema’s potential to understand the life of a character. Continue reading

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Month in Review: July 2014

1. Under the Skin
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TV: The Tatami Galaxy 1-3


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The Protagonist (Shintaro Asanuma) meets Higuchi (Keniki Fujiwara), the god of matchmaking, who tells him that either he or his best friend Ozu (Hiroyuki Yoshino) will be paired with Akashi (Maaya Sakamoto), an unusual girl that goes to their college. However, The Protagonist and Ozu have made a pact not only to be single, but to do their best to wreak havoc on the fools in college who are in a relationship. Both have become notorious for breaking up couples so there’s a delightful one of them is fated to be with Akashi. Continue reading

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TV: Extras Season 1


How much of life is an act? While buddies Andy Millman (Ricky Gervais) and Maggie Jacobs (Ashley Jensen) make money pretending for a living as extras, their lives are also a form of acting. As the show navigates their triumphs and pitfalls together while they work alongside famous actors such as Kate Winslet, Ben Stiller, Patrick Stewart and Samuel L. Jackson, it demonstrates how they continue acting after the camera stops. Continue reading

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TV: The Sopranos and Psychological Abuse


After finishing the third season of The Sopranos, I realized what makes the show special. There are a lot of things The Sopranos does magnificently: it humanized a morally complex cast of characters that are brought to life by an excellent cast and presented through excellent visual storytelling. However, what makes the show special for me is that it legitimizes the idea of psychological abuse.

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