Author Archive: Matthew Vasiliauskas

Matthew Vasiliauskas is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago. His work has appeared in publications such as Conjunctions, Berlin’s Sand Literary Journal, The University Of Wyoming’s Owen Wister Review, Chicago Literati and The Pennsylvania Review. Matthew currently lives and works in New York City.

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An interview with director Terence Davies

An interview with director Terence Davies

| May 12, 2016

With his latest film Sunset Song, director Terence Davies examines the limits of human endurance, and the struggles in maintaining and supporting treasured traditions in the face of often harsh evolutions in modern society. Based on the classic novel by Lewis Grassic Gibbon, the story takes place in rural Scotland at the turn of the […]

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Louder Than Bombs

Louder Than Bombs

| April 7, 2016

In James Baldwin’s book The Devil Finds Work, the author states, “It is said that the camera cannot lie, but rarely do we allow it to do anything else, since the camera sees what you point it at: the camera sees what you want it to see. The language of the camera is the language […]

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The Wonders

The Wonders

| October 30, 2015

Life can begin with a sting. Although the barbs of a bee’s stinger often produce pain and a potentially debilitating poison, a toxin within the venom called melitten has been shown to poke holes in the protective shells of many viruses, including HIV. The idea of life surfacing out of dire emotional and physical circumstances […]

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Phoenix

Phoenix

| August 4, 2015

The impermanence of identity becomes the primary focus of director Christian Petzold’s latest film Phoenix. The story takes place in Berlin in 1945 and follows Nelly (Nina Hoss), a German-Jewish ex-nightclub singer who has survived being interned at a Nazi concentration camp. With her face disfigured from a bullet wound, Nelly undergoes reconstructive surgery, emerging […]

The Look Of Silence

The Look Of Silence

| July 23, 2015

There is gold in blood. 0.2 milligrams coursing through capillaries and vascular muscle, the minerals meandering in the crevices separating organs and connective tissue. If the current market value puts 1oz of gold at $1,132.30, and we were to extract and melt down the gold from our bodies, we would get $0.01, an amount valuable […]

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White God

White God

| March 31, 2015

Government discrimination and the battle over societal rights are taken to the extreme in director Kornel Mundruczó’s latest film White God. The story follows 13 year old Lili (Zsofia Psotta) and her dog Hagen. Upon accepting a professorship in Australia, Lili’s mother sends her and Hagen to live with Lili’s father Daniel (Sandor Zsoter) in Budapest. After accusations […]

The Duke Of Burgundy

The Duke Of Burgundy

| January 24, 2015

The limits of desire and fulfillment are dissected quite captivatingly in Peter Strickland’s latest film The Duke Of Burgundy. The story takes place in an unknown town and in the rooms and gardens of a seemingly ancient estate. There, Cynthia, played by Sidse Babett Knudesen, an assumed although never confirmed entomologist engages in a sadomasochistic relationship with […]

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Two Days, One Night

Two Days, One Night

| January 9, 2015

Brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne create a moving and complex portrait of everyday survival with their latest film Two Days, One Night. The story follows Sandra, played by Marion Cotillard, who has just returned to work after suffering a bout of depression.  As soon as she arrives though, management reveals they can operate with one […]

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Venus In Fur

Venus In Fur

| June 20, 2014

The role of submission, in both its physical and emotional manifestations, and its potential place in romantic relationships is explored compellingly in Roman Polanski’s latest film Venus In Fur. Based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway play by David Ives, which itself was based on Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s novella, the film follows writer/director Thomas (Mathieu Amalric) […]

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Korengal

Korengal

| June 6, 2014

In 1879, with War and Peace and Anna Karenina behind him, author Leo Tolstoy began suffering a spiritual and existential crisis. Like so many before and after him, he began questioning the meaning of his life and the seemingly contradictory components of existence in general. Chronicling this struggle in his book A Confession, Tolstoy wrote, […]