Erasure Poem: I Would Like to Know

During the last winter months, I dedicated the majority of my time to the creation of my bachelor thesis, which concerned the enigmatic oeuvre of the Argentinian director Lisandro Alonso. Due to a remarkably minimalist and contemplative style, as well as the foregrounding of ‘time’ and ‘duration’ rather than ‘action’ and ‘motion’, his films areContinue reading “Erasure Poem: I Would Like to Know”

An Alternative Christmas Playlist

It’s that time of the year again: Christmas Eve is nigh! However, this doesn’t only entail the annual return of naughty mistletoe kisses, decadently decorated fir trees and ridiculously expensive ice cream cakes. Alas, it also signifies the umpteenth revival of Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You and Wham!’s Last Christmas. So,Continue reading “An Alternative Christmas Playlist”

Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? An Animated Conversation with Noam Chomsky

What happens when one of the greatest thinkers of the 20th century and one of the dreamiest film directors of the 21st century meet each other? That is the starting point of the quirky documentary Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?, in which director Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)) employsContinue reading “Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? An Animated Conversation with Noam Chomsky”

Erasure Poem: Dream Actually Happened

A couple of weeks ago, I read the short story Traumnovelle for an elective course on the various interplays between literature and film. Also known as Dream Story, this novella was written in 1926 by the Austrian Arthur Schnitzler, a kindred spirit of Sigmund Freud. In 1999, the acclaimed director Stanley Kubrick turned Schnitzler’s bookContinue reading “Erasure Poem: Dream Actually Happened”

Are You Really Here, or Are You a Figment of My Imagination: The Poetry of Sarah Chapman

As a preparation for what most definitely will become an awesome year at the Writer’s Block editorial board, I ventured into some unknown literary territory during the last summer holidays. I never read much poetry, so I decided to finally do something about that and ended up reading an anthology published by the British BlackContinue reading “Are You Really Here, or Are You a Figment of My Imagination: The Poetry of Sarah Chapman”

La Ciénaga

These are hard times for an Amsterdam-based film buff like me. With the socially charged and inexplicable recent evictions of Amsterdam’s Slangenpand and Maagdenhuis, the city centre has also quickly lost two nice venues for interesting and unusual film screenings. Let’s just hope this will never happen to the alternative Filmhuis Cavia, which, in orderContinue reading “La Ciénaga”