Francois Truffaut
One year spent with Manchester by the Sea

One year spent with Manchester by the Sea

I first watched Manchester by the Sea, in a crowded cinema. a year ago today. I was immediately captivated by the film and it turned out to be my favorite release of 2016, but I had to see it four more times in the theatre just to be sure. One year later, I am still as enchanted by Kenneth Lonergan's film as I was the first time I saw it.

Exploring Michael Haneke: Cache

Exploring Michael Haneke: Cache

In my writings about 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance, I made mention of the notion that Micheal Haneke cares a great deal about his audience, an idea I would like to further explore while thinking about his 2005 film, Cache.

Exploring Michael Haneke: Benny's Video

Exploring Michael Haneke: Benny's Video

Benny's Video, the 1992 feature from director Michael Haneke, was the second installment in what many have called Haneke's Glaciation Trilogy. His feature debut, TheSeventh Continent, Benny's Video, and the wordy 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance make up this "Glaciation Trilogy". The trilogy examines the postmodern world and the alienation and isolation of individuals within it. Benny's Video shows a maladjusted 14-year-old boy whose bedroom looks more like a television studio with cameras scattered about catching every possible angle both inside of his room and out. Benny has fully retreated into the screens that surround him, succumbing to the violent images he watches on repeat. Unable to connect or relate to those in the real world, Benny has manufactured a microcosm of his own he can retreat to. The problem is, eventually, Benny's fabricated existence does not prove fulfilling enough for him, and he decides he needs to bring in an outsider. Forever mysticised by a video of a slaughtered pig, Benny gets the idea to replicate the video on a human being. He seems engrossed by the idea of acting out the violence he spends his days watching and even more interested in the idea of dominating a living person. When he acts out this fantasy on an unsuspecting girl his age, the audience is left shocked by his parent's decision to cover-up Benny's crime, leaving us to wonder how isolated the entire family is from the world in which they live.

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