Author Archive: Matthew Vasiliauskas

Matthew Vasiliauskas is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago. In 2009, he was awarded the Silver Dome Prize by the Illinois Broadcast Association for best public affairs program as producer of the Dean Richards Show at WGN Radio. His work has appeared in such publications as The Pennsylvania Review, Berlin's Sand Literary Journal and the University Of Wyoming's Owen Wister Review. Matthew currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

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The Look Of Silence

The Look Of Silence

| July 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

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 | 0 Comments

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 | 0 Comments

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 | 0 Comments

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 | 0 Comments

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 | 0 Comments

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, […]

Like Father, Like Son

Like Father, Like Son

| January 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

The complicated significance of blood connections is compellingly presented in director Kore-eda Hirokazu’s latest effort Like Father, Like Son. The film follows Ryota (played by Fukuyama Masaharu), a successful businessman whose constant striving for excellence dominates every motivation of his life, particularly in his household where the academic expectations for his son Keita have grown […]

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Blue Is The Warmest Color

Blue Is The Warmest Color

| October 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

The struggles between the physical and mental aspects of romantic desire are intensely deconstructed in director Abdellatif Kechiche’s latest film, Blue Is The Warmest Color. Loosely based on Julie Maroh’s graphic novel Le bleu est une couleur chaude, the story centers on a 15-year old girl named Adele (played by Adele Exarchopoulos) who is climbing into […]

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The Hunt

The Hunt

| July 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

Neurologist Oliver Sacks once said, “Every act of perception, is to some degree an act of creation, and every act of memory is to some degree an act of imagination.” Perception and the malleability of memory are key components in director Thomas Vinterberg’s latest film The Hunt. The story follows Lucas (played by Mads Mikkelsen), a […]

Something In The Air

Something In The Air

In George Orwell’s Homage To Catalonia, his 1938 novel detailing his personal experiences in the Spanish Civil War, the author memorably wrote that bombs were impartial and that, “they killed the men they were thrown at, and the men who threw them.” This grayness permeating through the cracks and crevices of political frustration creates a […]

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