Season 2 this fall

Summer's been busy, and the travels have picked up. But we'll get back into it around here this fall with more film analysis!!!

The Vanishing: fate, freewill, and hope

Note: There are ending spoilers throughout this analysis! George Sluizer’s methodical thriller The Vanishing is deceptively straightforward. A crime is committed and we know the criminal almost nearly from the start. But to know in advance how it might play out is what gives The Vanishing its ultimate gravitas, as psychological and existential quandaries on… Continue reading The Vanishing: fate, freewill, and hope

Lazzaro Felice: an examination through dialogue, part 2

The following is a continuation from part 1 of a dialogue between poets John Wall Barger and Vasiliki Katsarou on Alice Rohrwacher's Lazzaro Felice. JWB: What a fabulous passage by Rohrwacher. The “signs of many different eras” certainly sounds like an evocation of the contrasting rustic and urban settings of Lazzaro Felice. And yes, Teorama!… Continue reading Lazzaro Felice: an examination through dialogue, part 2

Lazzaro Felice: an examination through dialogue, part 1

The following is a dialogue of two poets on Alice Rohrwacher's 2018 film Lazzaro Felice (English title: Happy as Lazzaro). Part 2 is here. John Wall Barger’s poems appear in American Poetry Review, Rattle, The Awl, The Cincinnati Review, Poetry Ireland Review, and Best of the Best Canadian Poetry. His poem, “Smog Mother,” was co-winner… Continue reading Lazzaro Felice: an examination through dialogue, part 1