Film Magistery #6: Burn After Reading/Age of Bullsh*t

In the sixth episode of Film Magistery Dino talks about the abundance of bullshit today around us and Coens’ underrated film ‘Burn After Reading’ (2008), a tongue-in-cheek spy film about some people who know nothing, but pretend to know a lot. It says a lot about the cultural and interpersonal condition of the modern society today.
We ask what bullshit is and why is there so much of it around us.

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Harry Frankfurt, On Bullshit, 2005.

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Film Magistery #5: The Fountain/Eternal Love

In the fifth episode of Film Magistery the subject is eternal love (and human existence). As the reference is used Darren Aronofsky’s beautifully shot and edited film The Fountain (2006) with excellent performances by Rachel Weisz and Hugh Jackman.

Is love truly eternal, and is it the hidden knowledge just beyond our perception and physical reality? What if we can live forever?

Film Magistery #4: The Lives of Others/Surveillance

In the fourth episode of Film Magistery Dino talks about surveillance and how the society is subdued the heavy tracking from many different sides. As the reference to the theme the German film The Lives of Others (von Donnersmarck, 2006) is chosen to be discussed and how East Germany’s security police, the Stasi, kept the whole nation under its firm surveillance. Bentham’s concept of Panopticon is mentioned as an important element in discussion about surveillance.

But what does surveillance mean to us? Does it concern us on a personal level or are we just saying “I don’t care; they can monitor me anywhere and anytime – I have nothing to hide”? But what when surveillance is undertaken by private companies, domestic or foreign governments? Dino asks if a society should passively accept surveillance or perhaps contest it and demand from politicians to legislate and control it.

There is also a mentioning of some other examples of films with surveillance as the main theme: The Conversation, Minority Report, Caché, Brazil, Rear Window etc.

Relevant links:

The Lives of Others (IMDb)

The Lives of Others (Letterboxd)

Film Magistery YouTube channel

Surveillance (Wikipedia)

Michel Foucault – Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison

David Phillips – Identity and Surveillance Play in Hybrid Space

Online Territories: Globalization, Mediated Practice and Social Space, 2011.

Julia Angwin – Dragnet Nation

Hubertus Knabe – The Dark Secrets of a Surveillance State (Ted Salon)

Dino’s Uncomplete Film Masterpiece list

Film Magistery #3: Bob Roberts/Donald Trump & A Post-Factual Society

In the third episode of Film Magistery Dino talks about Tim Robbins’ Bob Roberts (1992), a satirical mockumentary about a young right-wing conservative folk-singer who runs for the US Senate. The film’s political theme is compared to the current presidential election in the USA and Donald Trump. Dino asks if the election of both Bob Roberts and Donald Trump is a clear sign that we live in a post-factual society.

There is also a mentioning of some other examples of political films: The Candidate, Wag The Dog, Election, The Ides of March etc.

Relevant links: 
Bob Roberts (IMDb)
Bob Roberts (Letterboxd)
Film Magistery YouTube channel
Huffington Post: An Oral History Of ‘Election’, 15 Years Later
Roger Ebert: Bob Roberts

Film Magistery #2: El Sur/Our Childhoods’ Memories of Our Fathers

In the second episode of Film Magistery Dino talks about Erice’s The South (El Sur, 1983), a great film about a young girl and her relationship to her mysterious father. He also puts it into the perspective of his own childhood and his perception of his father. There’s also a short mentioning of Dino’s recent six DVD acquisitions. Yes yes, a Tarkovsky work is among them. Dino compares El Sur’s ambiance to Caravaggio’s use of lighting in his paintings.
Oh, and did you know Dino’s brother’s name is Elvis?

Relevant links: 
Film Magistery #1: Night and Fog/Genocide
El Sur (IMDb) 
El Sur (Letterboxd)
Caravaggio Foundation
Film Magistery YouTube channel