Like his Oscar-nominated feature debut The Secret of Kells, his new stunner Song of the Sea is steeped in regional folklore but still a universal wonder. But it is a more personal epic, about the extinction of mythological seal people called Selkies, as explored through a lighthouse family riven by loss and misunderstanding but healed by history and magic.
Adults and children rarely see the Real World as it is, much less as it should be. If what they see is what makes them who they are, then they should watch Peace On Earth before every new year.
Cli-fi is the cultural prism through which we monitor and experience ourselves as we bleed our planet dry while trying to become machines.
It is no irony that Jackson’s cinematic adaptations of Tolkien’s work have arrived in a world at war
“Further devastation of the air, land and sea is obviously a very real possibility.”
The Iron Giant is beyond naivete or political correctness. It’s a hilarious, tear-jerking and sci-fantastic analysis.
The movie took cyberfiction staples like those found in William Gibson’s Sprawl trilogy and mashed them together with anime, wire-fu, postmodernism, metaphysics, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Jean Baudrillard’s Simulacra and Simulations, and a torrent of other texts and contexts.
“The anger that I had when I first started meditating in 1974 lifted in two weeks. It kinda just went away.”
Wonder Woman is an ancient goddess with a sexualized back story.
It takes nerve to craft a horror story about children in this day and age.
David Lynch’s Absurda Studio releases a compilation of his weirdest work.
“It was so incredibly untrue to life and yet so perfectly exposing at the same time.”
From Nelson Riddle and Prince to Danny Elfman and Siouxsie and the Banshees.
“Everyone was watching that show. Angelo Badalamenti had a huge influence on the shoegaze sound.”
“body horror was not my term. It was a term someone used to describe what I was doing, so it is not a category in my head that I use to make films.”
It’s all an experiment. I want to find things that fire me up, and see if it works for the people.
Scientists are so beautiful. They come up with these things, and then the other side of the coin is that artists grab hold of them, and who knows what can happen? The world is always changing, that’s rule number one.
It’s a dream world now. But like I always say, everybody has access to a piece of paper and a pencil. But how many great stories are written?
we may never experience this kind of cinema storytelling again in our lifetime.
Gibson, as Neale’s documentary is happy to point out, is so much more than the father of cyberspace.
I like great simplicity in all my work. I don’t like lots of florid detail.”
that rare nuclear holocaust flick you can watch with the kids.
Who among his sons — or daughters — will execute that watch so capably, so persistently, so quietly?