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Film Reviews

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There’s plenty of life on Mars in Disney’s ‘John Carter’

A human being arrives suddenly on alien world, befriends a savage but honorable native tribe, hooks up with a badass native woman, and saves the day with his superior abilities and noble courage. So, John Carter has the same plot as Dune. And Stargate. And Avatar. And any other number of stories from that particular … Continue reading

Praise for Matt Cici’s Lambent Fuse (2011)

I may not have agreed to begin this project if I had thought it through completely. My friend Matt Cici has written, produced, and directed his own feature-length film titled Lambent Fuse, and in October, Cici and Video Word Made Flesh decided to collaborate. I was excited to work on this project, both as a … Continue reading

Quick nostalgia kick: The Iron Giant (1999)

(Ed. note: With all this talk of nostalgia, it seemed serendipitous to publish this quick rumination on a less seedy nostalgia. — Britta) “You are who you choose to be.” “Superman.” — The Iron Giant The life of a child is an amazing thing. Your imagination is running wild and the world is your playground. … Continue reading

The Legend of Suicide Circle

“Scary, it’s true, but loads of fun, too. To open up and feel the brand of life.”  — Dessert, Suicide Circle (2001) [Disclaimer: This review discusses some disgusting things in a gross movie. Don’t read on if you don’t want to hear about gross, albeit fictional, events.] Suicide Circle (which also goes by the title Suicide … Continue reading

Illusions of Loneliness: Somewhere to Disappear

Somewhere to Disappear, directed by Laure Flammerion and Arnaud Uyttenhove, is a documentary following renowned photographer Alec Soth as he travels the US in search of modern-day recluses and hermits to photograph for his book project, “Broken Manual.” On the surface the film is simply a portrait of the artist at work, shedding light on … Continue reading

In Praise of The Artist

Is there truly any reason to praise this film? Should I add my voice to the hundreds already shouting its praises? I know there’s no dismemberment or demonic children, but still, Video Word Made Flesh can and should throw a few words over to this Best Picture hopeful. The Artist is a grand film, in … Continue reading

A Dangerous Method: The Consequences of Repression

Intricately layered and hypnotically complex, David Cronenberg’s brilliant adaptation of Christopher Hampton’s stage play “The Talking Cure” (in turn based on John Kerr’s book “A Most Dangerous Method”) takes on the deep-rooted neuroses associated with want, lust, and desire as exemplified by the destructive and symbiotic relationship between Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortenson), Carl Jung (Michael … Continue reading

Why You Need to See Metropolis

It’s difficult to overstate the importance of Metropolis. It was absolutely essential to the creation of science fiction as a whole. Not only this, but it comes from a deeply stylized artistic genre that only works in silent film, an art lost to film history. Metropolis is considered German Expressionist, a full fledged artistic as … Continue reading

The Metamorphosis of Time: David Julyan Scoring The Descent

“The acceptance of death is the source of all life.” –John Cage (Juilliard Lecture) “…the revelation takes place now, here, for the first time, but the image that is present to us here and for the first time is the presence of an ‘already other time’…” ‐Maurice Blanchot (The Experience of Proust) “It is no … Continue reading

Sweet Nothing: The Banal Brutality of ‘Little Sweetheart’ (1989)

Sometimes I watch movies that aren’t very good. I’m sure you do this odd thing, too, for one reason or another. I have a particular affinity for John Hurt and found myself watching the less-than-mediocre blackmailing flick, Little Sweetheart, on Netflix. As I was watching this dull, inane film I found myself not reflecting only … Continue reading