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Antichrist, Lars von Trier’s bleak but masterful vision

Tweet Antichrist – Lars von Trier Wittgenstein said he always found Freud worth reading – for thought-provoking psychological ideas. He expressed no interest in Freud’s work as the basis for a therapeutic regime. As ever, this is both clear thinking and wise. In Antichrist, Lars von Trier tempts us to become as entangled in Freudian […]

Storm of Protest – Poem: time, survival, life

Tweet Storm of Protest In the restless tide dreams ebbed hopes carried deep by the undertow of experience Cold eyed cruel beaked gulls shrieked and swooped to carry off the unshelled flesh of desire Under the darkening sky rebellion grew and struggled free but fell again into the indifferent sea The breaking storm shook the […]

The Game – Poem: poker, risk, existential

TweetThe Game Cut the crap the dealer said wanna talk – talk wanna play – play don’t talk and play don’t play and talk It ain’t just a game until you’re out you’re in deep Gimme no shit ’bout lousy cards ain’t no such thing just cards cards’ what you get hand’s what you play […]

The Dark Knight – the Joker’s on us

Tweet The Dark Knight – Christopher Nolan “Do I look like a man with a plan?” The Joker (Heath Ledger). British Director Christopher Nolan, courtesy of brother Jonathon’s screenplay has taken the hackneyed Batman franchise and turned it into classical myth. It is by far the most philosophical of the Batman movies and I doubt […]

Saraband – Bergman’s existential farewell. Deeply moving

Tweet Saraband – Ingmar Bergman (BBC Prize Review) Saraband is like a cup of very hot, black, excellent tea on a bitter Winter’s day. Not everyone’s brew. A drink that must be sipped, taking in its satisfying heat little by little. No sweetness here, just a few hints of tenderness and compassion like single grains […]