Category Archives: visual

Andromeda Strain (2008)

A remake of the old movie based on Crichton’s bestselling novel. Decent pace and vaguely updated for 2008 but at the end of the day it’s more for genre (or the writer’s) fans.


In Taken, Bryan, father of the kidnapped girl and an ex-CIA op says (or something very close to it) to the Albanian kidnapper as he jabs two impromptu trodes into his thighs and connects them to the electricity box: “We used to outsource this kind of things but the problem was that the countries where […]

In the Valley of Elah

The paraphrase of Salman Rushdie on Pynchon’s Vineland: The movie about what America has been doing to itself and its children all these years.

Southland Tales

The most insane, the most radical, the most mind-boggling piece of cinematic art this side of whatever. Period. Said I.

The light was different a century ago

Until the turn of the century, noticing the interplay of light and dark and the myriad effects of interacting color across the landscape meant engaging in the study of chromatics, sometimes called gentleman’s chromatics or ladies’ chromatics by professional artists, but often called meteorology by well-educated people who knew that weather included far more than […]


Gutsville is a town living in the belly of the beast, literally. 150 years after the ocean liner HMS Daphne was swallowed at sea, its passengers’ descendents cling to life in Gutsville. All is not well among the slippery streets… As revolutionaries, sadistic priests and frothing psychos clash in the psychedelic innards of an impossible […]

Threshold House

Kode9 & Spaceape – 9 Samurai

The Kingdom

“We will kill them all.” Chilling.


Good evening, London. Allow me first to apologize for this interruption. I do, like many of you, appreciate the comforts of every day routine- the security, the familiar, the tranquility, repetition. I enjoy them as much as any bloke. But in the spirit of commemoration, thereby those important events of the past usually associated with […]


There is this scene some 2h16min into Ridley Scott's 1492: Conquest of Paradise Sanchez: You’re a dreamer! Columbus: Look out there. What do you see? Sanchez: I see towers. I see palaces. I see steeples. I see civilization. And I see spires that reach . . . to the sky! Columbus: All of them created […]