aeon features series of articles on films which illuminate some issues both ancient and contemporary.
Inside the Leviathan is a new series on what one might call American Contradictions. I shall examine the various contradictions existing within this Form of Life, and contexualise them through select films. The first of the series, a three part analysis of Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man has been completed, and the next article is in preparation. Please stay in touch.
Shadowplay is a series of articles on films that reflect on the notion of humanity. It analises this basic concept through the question once posed by Hannah Arendt: Why do we wish to escape the human condition? Whilst this desire to overcome the most basic human condition such as mortality appears to be constitutive to humankind, the accelerated technological advancement in recent decades should make us question what this ‘universal’ desire for the transcendence really means for us. The first article on David 8 (made an icon by Michael Fassbender in Prometheus and Alien: Covenant) has been published. More to follow. Please stay in touch.
The Promised Land begins with four articles originally published in the section, Dreambook II. It focuses on the notion of the Promised Land through the analysis of both current and old films. It opens with my review on Brooklyn (2015), followed by the articles on The Big Short (2015), and Ryan Gosling's directorial debut feature, Lost River (2014). My commentary on a cult classic, The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976), has been published. Although the initial series on this subject was completed, I have decided to expand on this theme, not necessarily restricted by the American notion of this concept. Please stay in touch.