Shadowplay 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 tuned.
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 tuned.
i-d-entity is a cinematic study about 'identity'. Whether it is personal or collective, one's identity is oft regarded as a given, that is, a self-evident Truth. Yet, as oft observed, the defensiveness involved in defining and maintaining the concept of 'who I am/we are' and 'what I/we stand for' indicates that things are not as they always seem. In this series, I shall examine the notion of identity as well as the act of identifying and being identified through the analysis of select films. First article is in an early stage of preparation. Please stay tuned.