Monthly Archives: June 2014

10 things about Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin

Under the Skin is about an alien who drives around Scotland in a van seducing and kidnapping men. Jonathan Glazer also directed Sexy Beast. But Under the Skin is nothing like Sexy Beast. Except perhaps in their being unfaithful to their respective genres. Some shots have a documentary feel to them. I think they were […]

10 things about Michel Houellebecq’s The Possibility of an Island

The Possibility of an Island is a novel about a comedian and writer named Daniel. We read what appears to be Daniel’s diary entries. In between the entries are diary entries written by a clone of Daniel, hundreds or thousands of years in the future, commenting on the original Daniel’s writing. The clones perform endless […]

10 things about Panos Cosmatos’ Beyond the Black Rainbow

Beyond the Black Rainbow is Panos Cosmatos’ first and only film. The film is about a girl named Elena trapped in Arboria, some sort of new age hospital. The events take place in 1983, though there is a flashback to 1966. The founder of the hospital is dying. A younger doctor, Barry Nyle, seems to […]

10 things about Edward Bernays’ Propaganda

Edward Bernays, the nephew of Sigmund Freud, was an Austrian-American propagandist who is credited with the development of public relations in America. He is largely responsible for the shift from information based advertising (buy this car because it is the safest and most fuel efficient) to desire and emotion based advertising (buy this car because […]