Human psychology is the ball and chain we drag with us everywhere we go, even into the Great Outdoors. Americans have long had a sentimental fondness for the assumed “rugged simplicity” of life in areas farthest flung from the clutter and neurosis of urban life. Continue reading →
Stan Brakhage (1933–2003) was easily the most prolific filmmaker in the medium’s history. With nearly 400 films created during 50 years of activity, he is recognized (especially in the field of “avant-garde” or “experimental” filmmaking) as one of the medium’s most significant and influential practitioners. While two very impressive multi-disc DVD sets have been issued on the Criterion imprint and include over 50 works, public screenings of Brakhage’s work are few and far between.
The task of mapping the Philippine archipelago must have been daunting for early explorers. Composed of more than seven thousand islands, separated not only by bodies of water but also by language, culture, and religion, the Philippines cannot be captured by any single definition and description. However, despite the blatant diversity, the country has succeeded to be united by several elements, the most prominent but least acknowledged of which is probably the love for movies. Continue reading →