SPOILERS for the movie Annihilation. Apocryphal or disproven science is fun to think about. For example, for much of our lives we truly believed we only use 10 percent of our brains. Similarly there’s another pop science factoid that gets a good amount of play around the internet, this one being that the process of… Read more »
Tarkovsky’s The Sacrifice Confuses and Inspires Reflection Among Cinemagoers
Below, students of journalism, international studies and religious studies in Media School Professor of Practice Elaine Monaghan’s “Covering Ireland” reporting class write collaboratively about a showing of Andrei Tarkovsky’s The Sacrifice, a film packed with allegories, religious imagery and thoughts about death, fear, hope and materialism. As you will read, the student reporters found an… Read more »
Now in 2K!: Restoring and Erasing STALKER’s Visual Obscurity
Guest post by Caleb Allison. In Andrei Tarkovsky’s poetic monograph Sculpting in Time: Reflections on the Cinema, he comments on the perpetual need for viewers to understand what the Zone in Stalker (1979) symbolizes. I believe part of the film’s power lies in its symbolic and visual ambiguity. There are no definitive answers given –… Read more »
Andrei Tarkovsky and the Weight of Time
Russian film director Andrei Tarkovsky is known for his enigmatic films. Though his filmography is brief – in part due to political constraints in the former Soviet Union – he left an indelible mark on the art of cinema.