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Daily Archives: October 12, 2016

The phrase ex machina comes from the Latin phrase deus ex machina, which literally means “god from the machine.” In ancient times, it was used to explain the appearance of a god that was lowered onto the stage on a cable (thus the machine). Nowadays, the phrase is used in a negative connotation referring to illogical plot twists. This could… Read more »

12 October 2016 | Features, Other Lists

You’d think by age 78 that firebrand Dutch director Paul Verhoeven would venture less into areas most filmmakers would never dare, but you’d be wrong. With Elle, Verhoeven’s first film in a decade, a rape-revenge fantasy thriller unfolds with generous drops of comedy and subtlety. While many filmmakers have explored and exploited similar transgressive territory, in Elle, Verhoeven is careful… Read more »

12 October 2016 | Features, Reviews

Some have claimed that the 21st century has seen increased levels of isolation and depression. This has been the result of many social factors, such as the impact of social media. Accordingly, there has been a steady rise in unemployment, and a wave of global suffering that works to bring us all down. In this way, it seems fitting that… Read more »

12 October 2016 | Features, Film Lists