aeon features series of articles on films which illuminate some issues both ancient and contemporary.
Inside the Leviathan is a series on what one might call American Contradictions. I shall examine the various contradictions existing within this Form of Life, and contexualise them through select films. The first of the series, a three part analysis of Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man has been followed by studies of Paul Thomas Anderson’s mature works, which includes an essay on There Will Be Blood and The Master. To see a specific article in this section, please go to the page, Coda, and click Inside the Leviathan. You will find the direct link to individual articles.
Shadowplay is a series of articles on films that reflect on the notion of humanity. It analises this basic concept through the question once posed by Hannah Arendt: Why do we wish to escape the human condition? Whilst this desire to overcome the most basic human condition such as mortality appears to be constitutive to humankind, the accelerated technological advancement in recent decades should make us question what this ‘universal’ desire for the transcendence really means for us. The first article on David 8 (made an icon by Michael Fassbender in Prometheus and Alien: Covenant) has been published. The next article is in preparation.
The Promised Land focuses on the notion of the Promised Land through the analysis of both current and old films. It opens with my review on Brooklyn (2015), followed by the articles on The Big Short (2015), and Ryan Gosling's directorial debut feature, Lost River (2014). My commentary on a cult classic, The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976), has been published. Although the initial series on this subject was completed, I have decided to expand on this theme, not necessarily restricted by the American notion of this concept. The next article is in preparation. To see a specific article in this section, please go to the page, Coda, and click The Promised Land. You will find the direct link to individual articles.