Beyond the Male Gaze: Pablo Larraín’s Ema is a Visionary Masterpiece

Chile has been back in the news for “The Rapist is You” women street protests gone viral. Was Pablo Larraín’s new film intended to encapsulate a zeitgeist or did it organically evolve that way? Ultimately, it doesn’t matter because the meaning behind these powerful primordial images of transformation is so clear — we are inContinue reading “Beyond the Male Gaze: Pablo Larraín’s Ema is a Visionary Masterpiece”

THE EROTIC NIGHT: The Dark Energy Aesthetic in Contemporary Art

I was to deliver the treatise that I have been developing for two decades this past weekend at the McGill “Media & the Night” Conference in Montreal. It had to be postponed, of course, and this is ironic because the subject is particularly suitable for COVID-19. Aldo Tambellini, a multimedia artist delivered this Plutonian aestheticContinue reading “THE EROTIC NIGHT: The Dark Energy Aesthetic in Contemporary Art”

TIME’S UP JAMES FRANCO!

Postmodernism is a movement that refused to die. The aged postmodern icons go on and on…and as prominent critic Eleanor Heartney declared way back in 2004: “There is nothing to replace (them).” And then, along came James Franco… By 2008. the movie star had become bored and frustrated with the limitations of his expression confinedContinue reading “TIME’S UP JAMES FRANCO!”

(R)EVOLUTION IN GREECE: Michael Mantas’ “Receta” for the Avant-Garde

It is a cinematic breakthrough that perhaps could only come from the monk.  Michael Manta’s Receta expands the vocabulary of film to fold the personal journey into the universal quest for transcendence. Mike Mantas enacts his inner monk on a spiritual journey in his “Receta”. While this is no small feat, the surprise is howContinue reading “(R)EVOLUTION IN GREECE: Michael Mantas’ “Receta” for the Avant-Garde”