Rosemary’s Baby (1968): The Devil and the Cathode Ray Tube

Written by Roman Polanski, based on the novel by Ira Levin Directed by Roman Polanski Starring Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, and Sidney Blackmer       There is a preciousness to the sanctity of one’s personal space that plays an important role in preserving a sense of stable selfhood. Regardless of the goings … Continue reading

Contempt (1963): An Epic Subversion of Hollywood Desire

Jean-Luc Godard’s thematic and methodical companion piece to Une Femme est Une Femme employs the self-reflexivity of cinema to interrogate the construction of desire and contempt in Hollywood adaptations.

Play Time (1967): M. Hulot, an Absurdly Prescient Modern Man

Jacques Tati’s comic masterpiece of the absurdity of modern living uncannily predicts living in the digital age.

L’Avventura (1960): The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Solipsist

Gabriele Ferzetti as Sandro and Monica Vitti as Claudia in Michelangelo Antonioni's "L'Avventura" (1960).

Michelangelo Antonioni meticulously crafts a devastatingly gorgeous portrait of upper class alienation.

Inception (2010): The Uncontrollable Multi-Directionality of an Idea

Leonardo DiCaprio and Joseph Gordon Levitt in Inception

Christopher Nolan’s Inception is both striking and familiar, culminating a decade of his thematic exploration and positing a Hamlet for the digital age.