From aesthetics

There is an adage about watching cinema on mute. It dictates that a film is truly worth its salt when all sonic components are removed and the work remains comprehensible and compelling. It’s a very pedagogical saying, something likely concocted to impress upon film students that good filmmaking comes, first and foremost, from calculated cinematography……

You know that woman who sits in the crescent moon, playing a ukulele? That’s Katie Armstrong. Sittin’ away, a gentle hand strumming, voice sweeter than marsala and sadder than rue. Her songs, autonomous creations on their own, provide both an aural backdrop and a sonic tether for her introspective, complex, and painstakingly made ink-on-paper animations.…

FADE IN:EXT. SUBURBAN HOME – DAYCUE CONTEMPORARY COUNTRY SONG WITH STRONG BACKBEAT The front of a house on a tree-lined street, mid-afternoon, sunny. MAN, white, 30s but looks young for his age, dressed in short-sleeved plaid shirt and jeans, walks down the driveway towards BLUE SEDAN. CHILD, 5-7 years old, smiling, follows behind him running…

For H. For sorrow’s eye, glazed with blinding tears, Divides one thing entire to many objects; Like perspectives, which rightly gazed upon Show nothing but confusion, eyed awry Distinguish form: so your sweet majesty, Looking awry upon your lord’s departure, Find shapes of grief, more than himself to wail; Which, look’d on as it is, is…

For H. There is no such thing as phenomenology, but there are indeed phenomenological problems. Ludwig Wittgenstein Although Blue is often assumed to be Derek Jarman’s last film (that honor goes to Glitterbug, which premiered several months after his death from AIDS-related complications), it was certainly the last film I watched with you. It consists of…