Judging by what we are shown

Judging by what we are shown

Politicians and news reporting agencies are just another bunch of storytellers. Cinema makes us a better deal. It provides us the most factual history. Because it doesn’t rely on actual names or accounts to sharpen our sense of what is false and what is real.

 

First Impressions

First Impressions

“Through dreaming you have the opportunity to tolerate some of the unchangeable hardships of life.” Abbas Kiarostami

 

Dark Butterfly of Fate

Dark Butterfly of Fate

Film is a migration of light, continually on the move, transforming with the times.

 

Searching for Mercy

Searching for Mercy

It is not as simple as black and white, since we are all composed of some of both, to differing degrees, but justice alone does not wield the sharpest blade. If apathy is the dulling trait we each most need to self negate, mercy is most deserving edge to activate by all peoples, parties and states.

 

Costs of Conformity

Costs of Conformity

“But what can be done when mercy has a greater force than law.” Quote opens the movie “12” (2007) by Nikita Mikhalkov.

 

Scorched Ladders

Scorched Ladders

Watch Open Channel Content’s trailer for proposed episodic series Scorched Ladders

 

Global cinema illuminates the web of the collective imagination

Global cinema illuminates the web of the collective imagination

I am confident that the advent of this easily accessed, ever improving tool for multidimensional communication will open up space in our minds for enlightened insights that allow us to outrace our present impasse and relegate its numbing inertia to the past.

 

“Because weakness is great and strength is nothing”

“Because weakness is great and strength is nothing”

As a painter does, with darks and lights, or a composer with counterpoint, Tarkovsky amplifies the emotional significance of his subject by portraying it’s polar opposite.

 

Because What is Hardened Will Never Win

Because What is Hardened Will Never Win

There is hardly a better way, in my opinion, for Americans of average education like myself to obtain an accurate understanding of any foreign culture than by watching world cinema. It gives a far more accurate assessment of our potential relations than the history books or evening news.

 

To Criticize our Own Judgment

To Criticize our Own Judgment

The intention of the filmmaker determines whether what they make will contribute more to culture or commerce. Tarkovsky speaks of art as an act of sacrifice for the sake of love and as a potential unifier of humankind. What a thing to say in a book about filmmaking.