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Swimming Home – Deborah Levy (Booker short list review)

“Each morning in every family, men women and children, if they have nothing better to do, tell each other their dreams. We are all at the mercy of the dream and we owe it to ourselves to submit its power to the waking state.” – La Revolution surrealiste, No.1, December 1924 So begins a novel […]

SFF: Faust – Sokurov reads between the lines.

  Easily my most challenging moment of the Sydney Film Festival was Alexander Sokurov’s Faust – a film I billed as the best of the festival until I saw Holy Motors, which for me just nudged Faust to the side. In some ways the two films are very similar, taking a dystopian, ultra contemporary view of […]

How to read Lacan: Zizek on Lacan – Part 2. Lacan turns a prayer wheel.

This is a follow on post from a previous one that you can read here. It is important to note, that this is not my own work. This is merely a condensing and simplifying of  How to Read Lacan by Slavoj Zizek (Author), Simon Critchley (Series Editor) that can be purchased here.  2. Lacan turns a prayer wheel. And […]

How to read Lacan: Zizek on Lacan – Part 1. Lacan confronts the CIA plot.

It was Slavoj Žižek’s birthday last week, and I figured – seeing as I am a bit of a fan – that would dedicate a couple of posts to his short but oh so fabulous introduction to the work of Jaques Lacan.  What I’m going to do here is pretty much paraphrase Žižek’s work. I think there is […]

FFF: Beloved – Les Bien-Aimes, songs, mothers and daughters.

I had a most peculiar relationship to this film. I really disliked it when I saw it in the cinema. I have never seen a Christophe Honoré film before, and this was a problem. If you intend to see this film, I strongly recommend finding out about the sorts of films he makes, as this will […]

Wire’s 100 Records that set the world on fire while no one was listening.51-55

I chose the above album cover (HOW cool is Johnny Watson?) to give you a very subtle impression of what today’s collection of music does to me. Yes – even the Glen Glould solitude trilogies. The artists on today’s list of five all play with sound in a unique way, and all are the very […]

FFF: The last Metro – Truffaut and the mightiest of tensions

I was so lucky last night! Closing night of the French Film festival , and I was handed a very nice glass of wine, told to sit back and enjoy one of Francois Truffaut’s greatest films. This is pure heaven for little Lisa. Here’s the thing. As far as French New Wave goes (and for me […]

American Weekend : Waxahatchee – the dark night of the soul in song.

There is something awkward about women singing tales of failed love. When a man does it we immediately imagine him swamped by strings of adoring female groupies now, because his album is a huge hit. We giggle behind our hand at that stupid woman who let him go – just before he hit the big […]

FFF:Le Skylab – Julie Delpy does family

I’ve just spent a delightful couple of hours romping through Julie Delpy’s childhood – or at least one particular part of her childhood. Julie Delpy is a woman of roughly the same age as me, and even though we lived and grew up in different countries it turns out there are many similarities in our upbringing. The […]

Fox and his Friends – Fassbinder on sex

Well!  What an interesting film! I completed Fox and his Friends on the weekend – I’m on a bit of a Fassbinder ‘thing’ at the moment, having ADORED Beware of a Holy Whore a few weeks back. This film is a little more difficult to dissect, even though Beware of a Holy Whore is a […]