Forever a cinematic alchemist – a sage that conjured and devoured celluloid before the eventual ritualistic sacrifice- Derek Jarman is the perfect suitor to Shakespeare’s The Tempest (1979); a play whose heart is bathed in the tragedy and power of magic. Of course Jarman isn’t the only person from the Brit-pack of avant-garde directors to remould the work but his is the most natural. Peter … Continue reading Alchemical Magic in Derek Jarman’s The Tempest (1979).
This article contains narrative spoilers. From its very earliest occurrences, electronic instrumentation and music has been used in cinema to signpost various aspects of mental health problems and issues within diegetic characters. Alongside its uses in creating alien worlds, electronic instrumentation seems to, at least in the eyes of the films’ creators, have an ability to go deep within the human psyche as well as … Continue reading Electronic Music And Mental Illness In Cinema.
Unlike the guide to vintage horror published previously, Science Fiction film is in a far better state of affairs than Horror. Modern Sci-Fi is still as strong as it ever was with at least two decent films in genre being a released every year. With Horror, to enjoy the genre in its full, viewing vintage Horror is absolutely vital. Here vintage Sci-Fi is different. We … Continue reading A Beginner’s Guide to Vintage Sci-Fi 1906 – 1960.