Cleo from 5 to 7 Analysis

Cleo from 5 to 7 Analysis

Introduction: The experience of death anxiety in art is usually explored through deep philosophical pondering, a bleak atmosphere, and at times even religious or atheistic themes. They move through the character’s mind, giving the audience a sense of despair and hopelessness, forcing us to cope with our own mortality. But in Agnes Varda’s Cleo from …

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Goodbye, Columbus analysis

Goodbye Columbus Analysis and Review

Introduction: Goodbye, Columbus is Philip Roth’s first book, consisting of a novella and five of his early short stories. In this book, Roth begins his prolific career and we can see his first time exploring the themes he would one day become famous for: sexuality, guilt, hate, discrimination, hypocrisy, aging, and what it means to …

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The Orchard Keeper analysis

The Orchard Keeper Analysis and Review

Introduction: The Orchard Keeper (1965) was American author Cormac McCarthy’s first novel written in a small shack shortly after dropping out of college. The novel paints a portrait of a rural southern town know as Red Branch, where three character’s lives become entangled after a death brings them together. The novel explores how two of …

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The Seventh Continent Analysis

The Seventh Continent Analysis

The Seventh Continent is acclaimed Austrian director Michael Haneke’s first film. It shows three years in the life of a family comprised of a mother, father, and daughter. The film follows them through their mundane daily happenings: going to school and work, writing letters, eating dinner, shopping, driving. They are viewed through long often dialogue-free …

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The Silence Don DeLillo

The Silence Don DeLillo Review

Don DeLillo has truly perfected the art of causing me existential dread, or extreme anxiety and paranoia, or the belief that my life or the world are ending any second – or maybe all of the above. The Silence, released just yesterday, is an incredibly brief novella where DeLillo ponders on what would happen if …

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Satantango

Satantango, the Novel Explained

Introduction Laszlo Krasznahorkai’s novel Satantango concerns itself with the destitute lives of the residents living in a decrepit, rain-drenched Hungarian estate. He writes the novel using winding, multi-part, sometimes page-long sentences that almost act as a dialogue when no one is speaking. Instead, the sentences speak to themselves, discussing the themes, correcting the earlier moments, …

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Halo 3 review

Halo 3 Review

Halo 3 is the third, and originally the final, game of the series. It ended the original trilogy’s story with a bittersweet but satisfying conclusion.¬†Halo 3 follows the events of Halo 2 where Master Chief, Johnson, and Keyes stop the second Halo ring from activating having to leave Cortana behind to follow the covenant to …

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The Fifth Head of Cerberus

The Fifth Head of Cerberus Explanation and Review

The Fifth Head of Cerberus is Gene Wolfe’s second published work following Operation Ares. Previous to reading this, I have read the five books of his Book of the New Sun series twice and then Peace. It has been a while since these reads, but I was excited to get back into Gene Wolfe. The …

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Ivan's Childhood analysis

Ivan’s Childhood Analysis and Review

Introduction: After his graduation from the VGIK (a film school in Moscow, Russia) in 1960, Andrei Tarkovsky began working on the film Ivan’s Childhood, after another director had to leave its production. So begins the career of (in my opinion) one of the most artistic and poetic directors of all time. Ivan’s Childhood is now …

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Carne gaspar noe

Carne Gaspar Noe Explained

The short film Carne (1991) was Gaspar Noe’s prequel to his first feature-length film seven years later, I Stand Alone (Seul Contre Tous). Noe is known for his provocation using anything from sexual violence to heavy drug use to gore. This film, even though it is very early in his filmography, is no different. Therefore, …

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