Twin Peaks Fire Walk With Me – Contemplating the inward and outward journeys of the self

In Buddhism we awake to the dream and realise we are still within the dream – helping us be much more aware and open. In transcendental meditation effortless concentration is practiced, moving deeper into new levels of consciousness. The world of Twin Peaks, from the pilot to the Missing Pieces of Fire Walk With Me, …

Isolation challenging reality: from Eraserhead to Solar Lottery

A body blasting into interplanetary transport and switching between remote minds, a man’s identity lost and transformed into that of the previous Parisian apartment tenant, a crying baby more sheep than human. These are some of the unsettling and inventive scenes from the novel ‘Solar Lottery’ (Philip Kindred Dick, 1955) and the films ‘The Tenant’ …

Silver skies and open water – looking at two early Polanski films

The delightful Glasgow Film Theatre has been showing a series of ‘Classic Polanski’ films, going back to his early works. The first was ‘Knife in the Water’ (1962), Roman Polanski’s debut movie, on in a half full Cinema 2 on a Friday afternoon. I didn’t expect to be so enthralled, and was mesmerised by this …

Spirit and visual freedom in Jean Vigo’s ‘L’Atalante’

A few days ago, on the Midnight Film Festival website, which is connected to Kineattic – a Japanese organisation dedicated to promoting independent cinema – I watched the classic french film ‘L’Atalante’ from 1934 by Jean Vigo. He created only four movies before his death at the young age of 29. But this is a …