Writer’s Block & Recalibration: Nabokov’s Lolita

Writer’s Block & Recalibration: Nabokov’s Lolita

My pallet has lost its vibrancy, colours mixed in the wrong equation. My paintbrush has dried up, boar bristles jagged and harsh. My toolbox, playing hide and seek. I stare at my canvas and despise what I have created - dullness - I loath it. The theory has overpowered the aesthetic. The rush has displaced [...]

Art Under The Influence: The Doors Of Perception

Art Under The Influence: The Doors Of Perception

“But the man who comes back through the Door in the Wall will never be quite the same as the man who went out. He will be wiser but less cocksure, happier but less self-satisfied, humbler in acknowledging his ignorance yet better equipped to understand the relationship of words to things, of systematic reasoning to the unfathomable Mystery which it tries, forever vainly, to comprehend.”– Aldous Huxley, The Doors of Perception/Heaven and Hell

Dystopian Fears: Eight Films That Make You Think

Dystopian Fears: Eight Films That Make You Think

"Utopian" describes a society that's conceived to be perfect. Dystopian, however, is the exact opposite — it describes an imaginary society that is as dehumanising and as unpleasant as possible. I love a good dystopian storyline, be it novel or film. This is a comprehensive list of, in my opinion, the most disturbing ones. These [...]

Horror Films: The Cult Classics

Horror Films: The Cult Classics

From the mid 70’s until the late 90’s we’ve been blessed with some of the most compelling horror movies – the classics, the foundations the genre was built on. Themes covering telekinetic powers, slasher scenes, gory scenes, supernatural elements, religious connotations, haunted burial grounds and serial killers all setting the tone for the genre that [...]

Disarm

Disarm

Armour is a protective covering, used to prevent damage. Damage inflicted by the direct contact of weapons - during combat, or caused by a potentially dangerous environment or action. Our hearts are not a demilitarised zone. There is no main defensive wall of fortification. A place constantly targeted by sanctions. Pink mist, abundant. How can we [...]

Dadaism and Futurism; What Are These -isms?

Dadaism and Futurism; What Are These -isms?

“They are both destructive, Futurism only on the exterior. In Dadaism this is deeper; they want to dismantle our inner, spiritual and moral constructions.” - Fons Heijnsbroek Dadaism and Futurism both focus on an ideology rather than being considered an art movement. Futurism aimed to express the achievements of science and technology and reflect the [...]

Chaos

Chaos

Perpetually stuck in a revolving door of anarchy. In the most simplest of forms, I am a mess. A delirium of unpredictability. Soft mayhem. Chaos. A predestined fate followed out incorrectly. A predictable direction, veered off course. A plan that never goes to plan. An abundance of unknown. The arrhythmia of a dying heart. Humanity [...]

The Evolution Of Cinema

The Evolution Of Cinema

We live in an era of profound technology, technology that provides us with entertainment at our fingertips. Entertainment that needs to continually amp things up to keep us happy, like we've built up a tolerance to movies, each time needing deeper storylines, bigger explosions and better actors to satisfy us. It's not only about the [...]