Gus Van Sant's film produces a kind of poetry from the most unlikely of events, the Columbine shootings. Drawing on ideas from Antonin Artaud and Slavoj Zizek, Neera Scott demonstrates how the film 'wrests something from disaster'.
The Maturity of a Film Genre in an Era of Relaxing Standards of Obscenity: Takashi Ishii’s Freeze Me as a Rape-Revenge Film
Understandably, the 'rape-revenge' scenario has been endlessly controversial, yet the cinema continues to replay it in different guises and contexts. This article charts the evolution of a genre, giving particular emphasis to the Japanese cinema's take on the theme.
On the Nature of Dogs, the Right of Grace, Forgiveness and Hospitality: Derrida, Kant, and Lars Von Trier’s Dogville
For all the discussion of Von Trier's 'abstract' drama in commentaries on Dogville it has often been overlooked that the film is grounded in precise philosophic ideas.