Patrick explores the latest film by the Dardenne brothers. The Kid With A Bike is an affecting drama about a 12-year-old boy who goes in search of his father after he suddenly abandons him. It’s also an excellent piece of realist cinema, harking back to classics such as Kes, The 400 Blows and Bicycle Thieves. …Read more » http://staticmass.net/cinema/the-kid-with-a-bike-movie-2011-review/
Patrick takes a look at Francis Ford Coppola’s Vietnam war epic, Apocalypse Now, in relation to recent reports about atrocities committed by American soldiers in Afghanistan. “This bloodlust for war, as experienced and acted on by the soldiers, still occurs today and for the atrocities carried out by them, there is little to no justice in their wake.” http://staticmass.net/the-emporium/apocalypse-now-movie-1979-review/
Hi Sam, yes I agree, there is always room to go deeper. With human nature we've only begun to scratch the surface really and it's great to use film as a tool to understand these much larger issues than what first appears when we watch something like Fight club. At first it appears to be one thing but once you begin stripping it back, other things start to come forward. No, you're definitely not the only one there and we look forward to doing more at Static Mass.