Thursday, July 29, 2010


For anyone who, like me, are facinated by dreams, here is a website i urge you to check out:

dream studies

Saturday, July 17, 2010


I don't intend on using this blog to review films, but when one comes along as great as Inception it demands to be mentioned. Inception is a rarity among blockbusters; it's thrilling but also cerebral. The only criticism i can see being made is that the way dreams are represented in the film are not quite how we ourselves dream. At least not how I dream. This didn't bother me at all. I wish more films were made like this one, instead of the same disposable blockbusters that are put on us every year.


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

hipster's guide to rockabilly

`A read as rip-roaring and exciting as the records and singers he eulogises.' --Lois Wilson, Mojo

A Rocket in my Pocket: the Hipster's Guide to Rockabilly charts the rise and fall of 50's rockabilly music and its influence on future generations.

I hope to pick this one up when it becomes available.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

cyberpunk films

Cyberpunk = post-industrial dystopias + marginalized characters

these are some of my favourite cyberpunk films:

Videodrome (David Cronenberg, 1983)

James Woods stumbles upon a broadcast signal showing extreme violence and torture. He soon succumbs to hallucinations. One of Cronenbergs best films, showcasing his usual themes of sadomasochistic sex, bodily transformations, and infection.

Ghost in the Shell (Mamoru Oshii, 1995)

An adaptation of the manga of the same name, the year is 2029 where a hacker known as the Puppet Master has the ability to hack human minds and implants fake memories. A female cyborg officer leads an investigation to stop it, while encountering an existential crisis. Stunning animation and a facinating story.

Blade Runner (Ridley Scott, 1982)

Based on Philip K Dick's novel Do Android's Dream of Electric Sheep?, it follows a police officer who in a dystopian Las Angeles must track down rogue organic machines known as Replicants who are trying to find their maker in order to lengthen their life span. A flop on release it is now an influential classic, but still divides due to its slow pace and thin narrative. But some overlook its complex themes.

Metropolis (Rintaro, 2001)

Not to be confused with the 1927 German expressionist film of the same name; this film follows a young boy and his uncle who find a laboratory where they come across a robot called Tima who appears human but has no memory of who she is and so they go in search of answers. A lighter film than the others, but a very good one which shares similar themes.

Want to see:

The City of the Lost Children (Marc Caro & Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 1995)

This one looks intriguing just from the poster; follows Ron Perlman on a journey to a misty rig in the ocean to rescue the children whose dreams are being stolen by a mysterious villain.