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05 DECEMBER 2015

Life Smartphone: a commentary on smartphone dependence

"Min Alxe, a student at the China Central Academy of Fine Arts, created 'Life Smartphone,' a darkly funny commentary on our culture's smartphone dependence. It shows different characters moving through the world and dying gruesome deaths while not paying attention to what's around them."

(Max Plenke, 08 May 2015)

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20152D animationaddiction • adverse health effects • animated short filmbehavioral addictionblack humour • China Central Academy of Fine Arts • compulsive behaviourcultural commentarydystopian futureengrossing activityepisodic structure • extended phone use • Life Smartphone (2015) • Min Alxe • morbidnasty mishapsour relationship with technologyout of controlparody • poor posture • prolonged phone use • selfiesmartphone dependencespectacular society • text neck • textingtxtingunhealthy behaviourvignette

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Simon Perkins
24 MAY 2015

Wunderland an exhibition by Frank Kunert at La Chambre

Photography exhibition 'Wunderland' by Frank Kunert, 10 April to 7 June 2015, La Chambre, 4 place d’Austerlitz, 67000 Strasbourg.

"More than simply a photographic satire, the 'miniature worlds' of Frank Kunert are compositions of ideas, models of sets which he spends weeks and months meticulously putting together from plastic, modeling clay and paint until the results are perfect, almost lifelike. These 'miniature worlds' are funny, bizarre, grotesque, contemplative, dreamy, but also provocative and critical. It's up to the viewer to decide if he finds them entertaining or macabre, or how far he's willing or able to follow the stories Kunert tells."

(The Eye of Photography, L’Oeil de la Photographie)

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absurdist humourabsurditybanalityblack humour • contemplative • critical art • Frank Kunert • funny scenes • humourlifelikemacabreminiatureminiature worlds • photographic satire • photography exhibition • provocative scenes • small sculpturesstupidity

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Simon Perkins
20 JULY 2014

Jonathan Ross Presents for One Week Only: Aki Kaurismäki

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1990 • Aki Kaurismaki • alcoholAmerican English • Ariel (1988) • auteurauthorial signatureblack comedyblack humour • bleakness • boredom • Calamari Union (1985) • Channel 4 • comedy (genre) • cool • Crime and Punishment (1983) • dark comedydeadpan expressiondirecting styleEstoniaEuropean cinemafilm directorfilmmakerFinlandFinnish • For One Week Only (1990) • Hamlet liikemaailmassa (1987) • happinessHelsinki • I Hired a Contract Killer (1990) • indie cinemainternational film festival • Jonathan Ross • Leningrad Cowboys Go America (1989) • Margi Clarke • Midnight Sun Film Festival • modestyquirky • Shadows in Paradise (1986) • social realism • Sodankyla • The Match Factory Girl (1990)

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Simon Perkins
11 JULY 2014

The Phantom of Liberty: humorous critique of bourgeois conventions

"Luis Buñuel's The Phantom of Liberty was quickly dismissed upon its release in 1974. Not only did it have to contend with the lingering success of 1972's similarly themed but significantly less abstract The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, but it was quickly followed by the dreamlike, bi–polar romantic entanglement of the director's last film, That Obscure Object of Desire. Like Discreet Charm, the plot–free Phantom of Liberty is a patchwork of comedic sketches and sight gags through which Buñuel ravages a complacent European culture and the various sexual hang–ups and historical and cultural disconnects of its inhabitants. This heady, almost off–putting masterwork isn't particularly easy to decipher (maybe we aren't meant to), which is why it's best to approach it as a literal comedy of manners.

Films structured around daisy chains of dysfunction are a dime a dozen; most, though, are as tiresomely long–winded as they are content with their own strained circularity. This isn't the case with Phantom of Liberty, which begins with a shot of Goya's 1808 masterpiece 'The Third of May.' The painting depicts Napoleon's army executing a group of faceless Spaniards, and via a reenactment of this struggle, Buñuel depicts how one of Napoleon's captains tries to defile the monument of Doña Elvira only to be smacked on the head by the moving arm of the statue of the woman's husband. (He later intends to sleep with the woman's corpse, and when he opens her coffin, he's amazed by how her beauty has been preserved.) It's the first of many sight gags in the film, each and every one as startling as they are perversely funny. All these moments are possessed by a sense of shocked wonderment and discovery, and they all more or less evoke fragile pasts and characters trying to reconcile their historical detachments."

(Ed Gonzalez, 13 September 2003, Slant Magazine)

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1974absurd situationsabsurdist humourabsurdity • Adolfo Celi • Adriana Asti • Anne-Marie Deschott • apparition • Arch de Triomphe • archaic rules • Bernard Verley • black humour • bourgeois • bourgeoise societycancer • chance encounter • cigarettes • Claude Pieplu • coffin • comedic sketches • comedycomedy of mannerscorpsecritiquecultural conventionscultural pastdaughterdining practicesdinner tabledisappearancedoctor • Dona Elvira • eatingepisodic structureetiquetteEuropean cinema • European culture • faith • Francois Maistre • girl • Goya • Helene Perdriere • hotel • housemaid • humour • impulses • internal logic • intrusion • Jean Rochefort • Jean-Claude Brialy • Julien Bertheau • Le Fantome de la Liberte (1974) • Luis Bunuel • mailman • masterwork • Michael Lonsdale • Michel Piccoli • Milena Vukotic • Monica Vitti • Montparnasse • morality • nanny • narrative preconceptions • obscene • ostrich • parodypatchwork • Paul Frankeur • phallicphallic symbol • Philippe Brigaud • Pierre Maguelon • policepolite societypostcard • postman • psychoanalysisritual • rooster • rulesschool • schoolchildren • Serge Silberman • sexual hang-ups • sexual taboo • sight gag • sketch comedy • sniper • social behavioursocial conventionsSpanish filmsubconscioussurrealist cinemasurrealist filmmakertaboo • That Obscure Object of Desire (1977) • The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972) • The Phantom of Liberty (1974) • The Third of May (1808) • toilettriptych • vanished • visual gagzoo

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Simon Perkins
06 JULY 2014

Once upon a time in a town called Merryville

"Once upon a time in a town called Merryville... comes the story of Grumpleton. This black comedy short in centred around the grumpiest man in the world, who just so happens to be living in the happiest place on Earth. It's fun, it's humorous, it's weird, and it looks amazing! It is Grumpleton."

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Andrew Dehnert • animated short filmAustralian short filmbathbathtubblack humour • Callan Woolcock • car exhaust • carbon monoxide • carbon monoxide poisoning • communications design agency • contemplating mortalityelectrocutionepisodic narrativeepisodic structurefantasy about deathfrustration • gas explosion • Grumpleton • grumpy • guillotine • hanging • jumping off a bridge • Kane Rowlingson • lawnmower • lightning strike • Luke Saunders • Merryville • Mike Lomas • morbidold man • once upon a time • shark attack • Stephanie McLaren • Steve Bradshaw • suicide • suicide bridge

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Simon Perkins
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