Computer Chess (2013) – Andrew Bujalski.

There is nothing that gives the illusion of the infinite as a tangible concept quite like the game of chess.  Conquering the game has driven several mad and its geeky nature belies the fact that its 64 squares hides a chasm of never ending options and possibilities.  This rather philosophical interpretation of the game is the backdrop for Andrew Bujalski’s subtle comedy, Computer Chess (2013), … Continue reading Computer Chess (2013) – Andrew Bujalski.

Das Kabinett Des Doktor Caligari – Robert Weine (1920)

Film is at its best when the subject in hand is presented through the obvious visual elements of the medium rather than outside factors such as sound, dialogue etc.  The lure of silent cinema is an exotic one, one perhaps of curiosity as well as nostalgia for a time when cinema’s aims seemed in line with that of the artistic being parallel to the entertaining. … Continue reading Das Kabinett Des Doktor Caligari – Robert Weine (1920)

Der Golem – Paul Wegener (1920)

Before the Second World War, mythology was in a healthy and respectable state of affairs.  With Jewish mysticism in particular dominating the beliefs and influences of many fields, it was only a matter of time before it found its way into film.  The fantasy elements and myths in particular seem a perfect mould for the cinematic medium, yet it seems to have been resisted in … Continue reading Der Golem – Paul Wegener (1920)

Kwaidan – Masaki Kobayashi – (1964)

Thanks to films like Nakata’s Ringu and Shimizu’s Ju-On (The Grudge), Japanese horror is part of the popular pantheon of horrific cinema.  Many ghost films of the West borrow heavily from these two films but because of their enormous success, it seems that Kaiden (Japanese ghost stories) of the past are often overlooked for their more thrillingly modern counterparts. Looking past this injustice, it can be stated that Masaki … Continue reading Kwaidan – Masaki Kobayashi – (1964)