Critical analysis of films that deserve your special attention. Whilst the sections for Tarkovsky and Bergman suggest themselves, I also decided to dedicate separate spaces to three contemporary directors whom I respect: Steve McQueen, Tomas Alfredson, and Nicolas Winding Refn. The last section, Either/Or, features various films which I either consider to be there or thereabout at the hight of the aforementioned maestros' work, or to be of theoretical interest alone.
Andrei Tarkovsky: In progress. Following the reevaluation of my fifth draft on Ivan's Childhood, I am going to approach this project a little differently. I am hard at work to restart what would be the sixth draft of Ivan's Childhood. Please stay in touch.
Ingmar Bergman: Research in progress. The provisional list of movies is settled.
Nicolas Winding Refn: Nicolas Winding Refn's has proved to be highly divisive. Yet, whether one loves or hates him, one cannot ignore his work. Whilst I consider him one of the most important film directors of all time, he is also one of the most misunderstood. The first article offers an in-depth analysis of Refn's most divisive work to this day, Only God Forgives. I am currently preparing an article on The Neon Demon. I am also in preparation for the second article on Only God Forgives. Please stay in touch.
Tomas Alfredson: Tomas Alfredson may not have been enjoying a kind of creative freedom and control that come with being an independent director, yet that has not prevented him from leaving the distinct mark upon each of his film. Whilst the Swede is less recognisable than McQueen and Refn, he has had his fair share of praise (Let the Right One In; Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and blame (The Snowman). Interestingly these expert judgments neither account for Alfredson's persistent Leitmotiv for his feature films, nor attempt to analyse subtle and finer details of his work. Since Alfredson's reputation has gotten a knock recently, it is time to do some justice to this brilliant Swede. The first article, the review on Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy has been published. Since the reviews of two other films by Alfredson are in preparation, this section is expected to be active. Please stay in touch.
Steve McQueen: Ever since the release of his debut feature, Hunger, Steve McQueen has been held with universal acclaim. Whilst I am happy to see the praises heaped upon the Briton, I am also concerned that the subjects of his work, which made his film so important, ironically obscures the true significance of his work. Therefore, I have decided to analyse each of his film in depth with special attention on his aesthetic choices. The first article on his seminal film, Shame, has been published. Many more to follow. Please stay in touch.
Either/Or: The in-depth analysis on Alex Garland's controversial directorial debut, Ex Machina, has been published. Also the first article on Michael Freyn's drama, Copenhagen, a ghostly meditation on the secret meeting between Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg in then German occupied Danish capital, has been published. The second article on Copenhagen is in preparation. Please stay in touch.