In The Road Movie, director Dmitrii Kalashnikov uses footage from dashboard cameras of cars in Russia to form a collection of stories. Each clip is its own anecdote with its own set of circumstances. Kalashnikov varies these short episodes so that in the movie’s 72 minutes, we feel terrified, confused and entertained. We are passengers […]
Blood streaks dry on the floor while nervous round children dance and an Irish woman describes “topsy-turvy” Syrian bomb-outs in a utopia where men cry and exiled hippies dress the entrails of cyberhell in corporate manifestos. Adam Curtis’ mammoth HyperNormalisation addresses the collapse of established reality in the wider world, examining substitute narratives, suicide bombings, […]
A group of little blonde girls flood into the frame all dressed in the same red, white and blue, pageant-like outfit. There’s a loud, overall chatter as these girls giggle and converse with each other. Among the discourse, you can hear one girl distinctly murmur “JonBenet Ramsey”. Then, the scene cuts to a little girl […]
First-time Polish director Anna Zamecka’s documentary Communion has a deceptively simple premise: a Polish teenager named Ola tends to her autistic brother Nikodem and Marek, her oft-drunk father, in the days leading to and following Nikodem’s First Communion. The truth of the matter is, however, that Communion is so much more than the sum of […]
Ready to leave the Missouri Student Association’s presidential debates, I listened to the moderator’s announcing of its end, but I missed the sound of any applause or acknowledgment of good performance from the audience members. The lack of applause translated to me a collective sigh. I knew, at that point, that the rest of the people in Bengal’s Lair felt the same as I did: that the MSA a) fails to relate to its students or its issues and b) that none of the candidates maintain the students’ interest or praise. The three groups running—Haden Gomez and Chris Hanner, Jordan McFarland and Jonathan Segers and Syed Ejaz and Heather Parrie—all showed a general understanding of the issues, and all spoke well enough to convey their platforms. The sad fact is that none of these candidates will raise that number, making the MSA presidential race a pile of dust, with the candidates being individual specks.
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