Film of the Fortnight: The Royal Tenenbaums

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) Wes Anderson The Royal Tenenbaums is a charming, absurdist comedy film with many quirks and a sense of poignancy. It was directed by Wes Anderson, who also wrote the script together with Owen Wilson, who in turn stars in the film. As with all of Anderson’s films, The Royal Tenenbaums conjures a…

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Rodney Smith | Mjellby konstmuseum, Halmstad, Sweden

There are many perks of living in a small city. Easy access to a plethora of cultural events isn’t one of them. Thus I was thrilled when I flipped through the local newspaper and saw an article about an upcoming Rodney Smith exhibition at the local art museum, Mjellby konstmuseum. Although the name wasn’t familiar…

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Film of the Fortnight: A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange (1971) Stanley Kubrick Quite absurd, darkly satirical and highly influential. That is one way to describe A Clockwork Orange, a dystopian sci-fi crime film written for the screen, produced, and directed by Stanley Kubrick. Based on Anthony Burgess’s novel of the same name, it centers on juvenile delinquent Alex who enjoys raping women, beating people up…

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Public Movement | Moderna Museet Malmö, Sweden

As a regular visitor to Moderna Museet in Stockholm, I have felt somewhat bad for not having made a call to its subsidiary in Malmö. After all, Moderna Museet Malmö has been around since late 2009 and is located much closer to my home than the “mother ship”, so there really is no excuse. Still,…

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Film of the Fortnight: My Neighbor Totoro

My Neighbor Totoro (1988) Hayao Miyazaki Of all the great anime films that have come out of the legendary Studio Ghibli, My Neighbor Totoro is probably the loveliest. Written and directed by anime grandmaster Hayao Miyazaki, it tells the story of two young sisters who move with their father to rural Japan and there find…

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Film of the Fortnight: Hero

Hero (2002) Zhang Yimou Hero is a wuxia film co-written, co-produced and directed by acclaimed Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou. ‘Wuxia’ means “martial heroes” and refers to a genre of fiction dealing with the adventures of martial artists in ancient China. Loosely based on the story of Jing Ke’s assassination attempt on the King of Qin in 227 BC, Hero is…

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Film of the Fortnight: Pather Panchali

Pather Panchali (1955) Satyajit Ray Say Indian film and most people think of colourful Bollywood movies filled with song and dance routines. Indian film is, however, so much more than that. A case in point is Pather Panchali (meaning Song of the Road), a black and white Indian drama film directed by Satyajit Ray. Pather Panchali tells…

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Belarus Free Theatre: Burning Doors | Seattle, WA, USA – 28 September to 1 October 2017.

“I write your name. Freedom.” Autumn has descended upon Seattle and the comforting morning chill lingers slightly through the day. The trees are turning colors. The Caribbean and Texas have been bashed by unusually strong hurricanes. North Korea and American “leadership” trade insults. Trump has surmounted his eighth month as president. And Belarus Free Theatre,…

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Film of the Fortnight: Persepolis

Persepolis (2007) Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud Persepolis is a French-Iranian animated film written and directed by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud. It is based on Satrapi’s autobiographical graphic novel of the same name and depicts her childhood and young adulthood in Tehran and Vienna against the backdrop of the Iranian Revolution. Persepolis beautifully balances political and personal issues, historical events and everyday occurrences,…

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Film of the Fortnight: Requiem for a Dream

Requiem for a Dream (2000) Darren Aronofsky A kick in the guts. That’s how it feels to watch Requiem for a Dream, the second film by American filmmaker Darren Aronofsky. Requiem for a Dream is a dark psychological drama film that tells the story of four people becoming increasingly addicted to drugs. It’s based on…

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