Wes is having trouble with the reception

DISCUSSED: Clichés associated with Wes Anderson’s reviews, Terry Eagleton on Bertolt Brecht, how exactly Anderson departs from strict realism and why this departure is actually another form of realism.

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Fragments and flux: The new reality of video, then and now

DISCUSSED: Celluloid fetishism, why video is more realistic than film, how the 1975 feature “Anna” exposes the overlap between documentary and fiction and Serge Daney’s distinction between the Image and the Visual.

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There’s a storm coming! Jeff Nichols’ schizophrenic realism

DISCUSSED: What Godard and soup commercials have in common, the difference between social realism, classical realism and Brechtian (anti)realism, how Jeff Nichols’ “Take Shelter” mediates these three and how this reflects on the global financial crisis.

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Stranger than fiction

DISCUSSED: The difference between Barthesian realism and Deleuzian realism, the ideology of “Ebert Presents: At the Movies”, what a camera registers, the problem of race in “Girls”, why Frederick Wiseman doesn’t make “direct cinema” and creating worlds in HBO.

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Ontologies of the Australian cinema

A review of “Hail”, directed by Amiel Courtin-Wilson, and “Sleeping Beauty”, directed by Julia Leigh.

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The beginning is nigh

A review of “The Turin Horse”, directed by Béla Tarr and Ágnes Hranitzky.

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Capturing optimism in the world on film

A review of “Le Havre”, directed by Aki Kaurismaki.

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Aching for the end of the world

A review of “Melancholia”, directed by Lars von Trier.

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