On the Road (Walter Salles, 2012).
Film

On the Road (Walter Salles, 2012).

Somewhat forgotten adaptation of Beat generation author’s Jack Kerouac’s classic novel about the zeitgeist of post-war America in the 50s. On its realise On The Road received mixed reviews for several legitimate reasons; Kerouac’s novel is widely considered both a masterpiece of Beat literature and shows a ‘stream of consciousness’ first-person narrator that defies any … Continue reading

Touch of Sin (Jia Zhangke, 2013) & A Night of the Sunflowers (Jorge Sánchez-Cabezudo, 2006).
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Touch of Sin (Jia Zhangke, 2013) & A Night of the Sunflowers (Jorge Sánchez-Cabezudo, 2006).

I’d found these two films randomly in an ex-rentals bin at my local library. After watching both I was surprised how similar the two films were despite being completely different countries, China and Spain. Both shared similarities, narratively and thematically, and showed a  combination of social realism and dream-like visual landscapes. Rather conspicuously, these could … Continue reading

You were never really here (Lynn Ramsey, 2018).
Film

You were never really here (Lynn Ramsey, 2018).

I’ve always liked Lynn Ramsey. She’s more of an auteur ‘arthouse’ director like David Lynch, Harmony Korine or  Nicolas Winding Refn than someone who’s interested in genre or narrative storytelling like Tarantino, Fincher or Nolan. Her films are visual experiences, like dreams, than actual stories with a beginning, middle and end. Often there is no … Continue reading