Archives for the month of: May, 2012

Pather Panchali (1955)

Same old song
Just a drop of water in an endless sea
All we do
Crumbles to the ground though we refuse to see

Dust in the wind
All we are is dust in the wind
-lyric excerpt of “Dust in the Wind” by Kansas

I [heart] Huckabees (2004)

“One never knows who one is. The others tell you who you are, don’t they? And as you’re told so a million times if you live a long life, in the end you don’t know at all who you are. Everyone says something different. You yourself also say something different each new moment.” (Thomas Bernhard)

Blowup (1966)

“We believe that the truth of this age can be found only by living through the drama of it to the very end. If the epoch has suffered from nihilism, we cannot remain ignorant of nihilism and still achieve the moral code we need.”
From the essay “Pessimism and Courage” by Albert Camus in Resistance, Rebellion, and Death

Il Grido (1957)

Humans, Hickling said, have a fundamental need to create and maintain a narrative for their lives in which the universe is not implacable and heartless, that terrible things do not happen at random, and that catastrophe can be avoided if you are vigilant and responsible.

“We are vulnerable, but we don’t want to be reminded of that. We want to believe that the world is understandable and controllable and unthreatening, that if we follow the rules, we’ll be okay. So, when this kind of thing happens to other people, we need to put them in a different category from us. We don’t want to resemble them, and the fact that we might is too terrifying to deal with. So, they have to be monsters.”

Time of the Wolf (2003)

“The panic attack was to the Noughties what cocaine was to the Nineties: it was the adrenalin rush of choice.

To my mind, the period’s key film-maker was not Lars von Trier or Michael Haneke, but Roland Emmerich, the Hollywood schlockmeister.

In two movies – The Day After Tomorrow and 2012 – he gave powerful voice to the public’s deep-rooted craving for obliteration.” (Toby Young)