On Linklater and Ozu: two great philosophers of cinema

Benjamin Brown examines the philosophical thread that runs through the cinema of both Richard Linklater and Yasujiro Ozu. “I think there are two kinds of filmmakers. Ones that had their little 8mm cameras and their trains and were setting fires and blowing them up and crashing them into each other, and then there were the ones who … Continue reading

Prisons of the Body, Prisons of the Soul: Mervyn LeRoy’s I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang

Rebecca Gillie explores the agonies of the body in the final instalment of our Prisons of the Body, Prisons of the Soul series. One of the first ever ‘prison movies’, Mervyn LeRoy’s I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang is a 1932 pre-code Warner Bros potboiler starring Paul Muni as James Allen, a wrongly accused man sentenced to … Continue reading

Prisons of the Body, Prisons of the Soul: The Prison of Postmortem Self in 21st Century Fantasy

Matthew Monagle looks at the prison of purgatory for our Prisons of the Body, Prisons of the Soul series. While we often think of ‘prison’ as a constraint placed on our physical form, the last decade has seen a number of films that choose to take a metaphysical approach to incarceration. These movies play with the concepts of … Continue reading

Prisons of the Body, Prisons of the Soul: Gus Van Sant’s Gerry and the Post-9/11 Walking Film

As part of our Prisons of the Body, Prisons of the Soul series, Michael Ewins looks at the post-9/11 prison of pyschogeography in Gus Van Sant’s Gerry (2002). If critics have been eager to correlate the maligned ‘torture porn’ and ‘found footage’ horror sub-genres with the concept of a post-9/11 cinema predicated on fear, paranoia and anger, they have … Continue reading