‘I Didn’t Do Enough’: A defining moment in Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List

First published on 9 September 2022. Schindler’s List is one of the most compelling moments in movie history. Steven Spielberg took on the daunting task of depicting not only the most evil of crimes in human history, the Holocaust, but also the attempt by Oskar Schindler to save anyone he could from the cataclysm. Schindler’s … Continue reading ‘I Didn’t Do Enough’: A defining moment in Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List

The beautiful tragedy of Revenge of the Sith

Much is said about the Star Wars prequels that strikes me as a little unfair. I once conceded to the narrative by casting the Prequels as ‘political’ and ‘philosophical’, and the Originals as ‘artistic’ and sometimes ‘poetic’. But I think the prequel trilogy is its own form of poetry, one which echoes the golden age … Continue reading The beautiful tragedy of Revenge of the Sith

The futures of popular music and politics are the same. Here’s why.

Popular music and politics have exactly one thing in common: they’re about public appetites and tastes. We often treat politics or popular music from mathematical, or geopolitical, perspectives, weighing interests or aggregating needs, in an objective manner. But it is the public which subjectively determines which music is liked, and which politicians are voted for. … Continue reading The futures of popular music and politics are the same. Here’s why.

The tragedy of power and the vices of the body

The virtues of the soul are many: peace, serenity, goodness, wisdom, love, intelligence, knowledge, bliss — to name a few. The vices of the body are innumerable: anxiety, loathing, pride, hate, lust, ignorance, misery — to name but some. The mask of Dionysus, the spirit of tragedy. Power seems to bridge between body and soul, … Continue reading The tragedy of power and the vices of the body