Archive for Edinburgh College of Art

I’ve got mine

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , on September 19, 2020 by dcairns

Koji Shima’s WARNING FROM SPACE — the first Japanese sci-fi film made in colour — just came through my letterbox courtesy of Arrow. As I was just mentioning, I’m author of a booklet essay on the “wonderfully nerdy” subject of the film’s dubbing, which I was able to complete with the help of Arianne Ulmer and Japa Fett and with reference to Steve Ryfle’s exhaustive book Japan’s Favorite Mon-Star. Thanks to James Flower for his decisive assistance as editor.

I’m back teaching next week, so this has been a light week for blog posts as I get ready to deliver our course ONLINE — the University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh College of Art have some quaint idea about not killing all their students and staff, for which I am grateful.

A Gentleman’s Gentleman

Posted in FILM, literature with tags , , , , on April 7, 2020 by dcairns

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Once again I’m inviting my students to comment on a film on MUBI — this time it’s Losey and Pinter’s THE SERVANT (from a novel by Robin Maugham). I only sprang this on them yesterday so I don’t know if they will.

QUITE an interesting piece of work, with some of the most marvelously louche casting, composition, design, music, performance and movement (of actors and camera). It’s the point where Losey’s films start to become real objets d’art.

I got very nostalgic for the era, one I never inhabited, though I note that the plumbing is always leaky.

I will be sticking posts up about this movie throughout the day, but this is the main one for general comments.

Higher Education

Posted in FILM, MUSIC with tags , , , , , , , on March 23, 2020 by dcairns

My first year film class is split up into little rooms and scattered over the globe from the US to China, I’m trying to get us all together to view and discuss a film on MUBI, a platform which is free to film students. I’ve chosen Claire Denis’ THE HIGH LIFE because I want to see it and haven’t gotten around to it yet. It ends its run on MUBI today, I believe.

Looks like you can GIFT a viewing of the film to a friend also if you watch it on MUBI.

So hopefully there’ll be a lively discussion in the comments section. First-time commenters will not see their remarks immediately, I have to clear you first, so don’t worry if it takes a little while.

I liked the film — like a lot of art films it’s equal parts beautiful, confusing, frustrating and disturbing. I was concerned that the science was junk but I googled it and there is some theoretical basis to the idea of harvesting energy from a rotating black hole. But I’m not going to be the first to try it.

The song at the end convinced me I really liked this.

If this works we’ll do it again. If not, I’ll try and work out improvements.

Obviously, regular Shadowplayers are more than welcome to chip in here too.

And here is another essential bit of Denis to play us out: