The Pain of Pleasure and the Pleasure of Pain

“But Reason can never be persuaded that the existence of a man who merely lives for enjoyment (however busy he may be in this point of view), has a worth in itself.” – Immanuel Kant, Critique of Judgement

In Shame (2011), Steve McQueen’s stunning follow up to his feature film debut – 2008’s Hunger – he shifts his focus from physical confinement to an emotional one, demonstrating along the way that the crush of addiction can be a prison unto itself. Read More The Pain of Pleasure and the Pleasure of Pain

Rising Above

I’ve noticed a trend recently of amazing performances in films which are only okay. The first time I seriously noticed this was with An Education (2009). Read More Rising Above

Female Presence in Movies: An (Unpopular?) Opinion

As an avowed feminist and Cinema Studies student, I care about the presence of women in film. I hope that that much would be obvious. However, I think that presence is only part of the equation. In fact, I think it is the less important factor, compared to the representation of women. Read More Female Presence in Movies: An (Unpopular?) Opinion

An Education/Easy A

Coming of age is a classic theme.  It’s a topic of seemingly endless potential to explore and examine from every angle, and it has been tackled by writers and artists since we first began leaving records of our experiences.   In all the thousands of years of stories about learning life’s hardest lessons for the first time, however, we’ve rarely had the opportunity to see a lady protagonist in a coming of age story outside of YA lit or John Hughes movies. Read More An Education/Easy A

We Try It!: Never Let Me Go

Kazuo Ishiguro’s dystopian novel Never Let Me Go was recently made into a feature film starring Keira Knightley and Carey Mulligan, which no doubt contributed to the five-year-old book’s current three-month stint as a NYT Trade Paperback bestseller. I was dying to see the movie, but, alas, it wasn’t widely released and my local indie theater only carried it for a week. Not to be discouraged, I ordered the book, encouraged by the high praise it received from the NYT’s oft-disparaging Michiko Kakutani and Time magazine, which called it “the best novel of the decade.” Read More We Try It!: Never Let Me Go So Many Shiny, Pretty Things

Google continued its bid to take over the known world this Wednesday by launching, a shopping website with a heart of glitter. By which I mean, Google’s end game is clearly to get people to buy, buy, buy, but it’s wrapped up in some lovely packaging and the whiz-bang technology that promises to memorize your preferences doesn’t hurt either. Read More So Many Shiny, Pretty Things