Tag Archive: movie

The Politics of Satantango

To trim one’s thoughts on Bela Tarr’s 1994 seven-hour magnum opus Satantango down to a single blog post would almost certainly leave out many important aspects of the film by risking a simplification… Continue reading

The Implications of Materialism in Blowup

Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blowup is a slow and often confusing meditation on modern life. Given how much of the film’s events go unexplained, it can be difficult to understand what statement Antonioni is attempting… Continue reading

Setting in Paris, Texas

At its core, the movie Paris, Texas is about a man’s failure to make connections with other people. Travis has been unsuccessful in his marriage to Jane, he has wandered off from his… Continue reading

Revenge in Kill Bill and The Count of Monte Cristo

The two-part martial arts film Kill Bill follows the story of Beatrix Kiddo (alias The Bride) as she journeys to get revenge on a group of people who ambushed her at her wedding. One… Continue reading

Colonialism and A Bug’s Life

The Disney/Pixar film A Bug’s Life is about an insect hierarchy. The grasshoppers exploit the ants for food. In return, the grasshoppers supposedly protect their servants. The irony of this is that the… Continue reading

Portrayals of Nihilism in Turgenev and The Big Lebowski

Ivan Turgenev certainly did not invent the philosophy of nihilism, but he provided an early fictional representation of a nihilist in his novel Fathers and Sons. Turgenev’s character Bazarov is a self-proclaimed embodiment… Continue reading

The Ending of Trainspotting

One of the most famous scenes of the 1996 Scottish classic Trainspotting is its ending shot, which is played alongside Renton’s internal monologue about choosing a life away from hard drugs and his… Continue reading