Author Archive: Matthew Vasiliauskas

Matthew Vasiliauskas is a graduate of Columbia University. His work has appeared in publications such as Conjunctions, Berlin’s Sand Literary Journal, Chicago Literati and The Pennsylvania Review. Matthew currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

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An Interview with Shaul Schwarz and Christina Clusiau

An Interview with Shaul Schwarz and Christina Clusiau

| September 7, 2017

A couple years ago I was cleaning out my father’s basement office at our home in Omaha, Nebraska. My father had been an avid deer hunter and the walls of the room were covered in antlers and paintings depicting a variety of impressive bucks either standing majestically atop a mountain or pensively gazing into a […]

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After the Storm

After the Storm

| August 15, 2017

The complexities of failure and one’s acceptance of it are compellingly examined in director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s latest film After the Storm. The story follows Ryota (Hiroshi Abe), a struggling novelist employed at a private detective agency in Tokyo. Ryota claims the job is temporary, and his only reason for taking the position is to conduct […]

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An interview with William Oldroyd

An interview with William Oldroyd

| July 18, 2017

The continued issues surrounding the subordination of women in society are compellingly explored in director William Oldroyd’s feature debut Lady Macbeth. Based on the 1865 Russian novella by Nikolai Leskov, the story follows Katherine (Florence Pugh) who has entered into a marriage with a man named Alexander (Paul Hilton). The heir to a mining company, […]

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An Interview With Bill Morrison

An Interview With Bill Morrison

| June 9, 2017

In the town of Hoppegarten just east of Berlin there is a bunker. The facility is kept cooled to 6 degrees Celsius and contains a row of 40 small rooms separated from one another by steel doors. This bunker, located next to the Stasi’s old encryption headquarters, is not a facility for protecting military personnel, […]

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The Death of Louis XIV

The Death of Louis XIV

| April 2, 2017

King Louis XIV was an avid backgammon player, and one day while playing with his courtiers produced a move that seemingly went against the rules. Louis thought he was in the right, but the courtiers remained silent, not wanting to go against the King’s wishes. To resolve the deadlock, the King called in the Count […]

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An Interview With Kasper Collin

An Interview With Kasper Collin

| March 24, 2017

There’s a story that theater critic Kenneth Tynan once told regarding Miles Davis’ seminal album Kind of Blue. One evening Tynan was in his study listening to the record when his nine-year-old daughter entered to kiss him goodnight. At the sound of the music the little girl suddenly paused and after a moment declared, “That’s […]

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An Interview with Shimon Dotan

An Interview with Shimon Dotan

| March 5, 2017

In the book of Genesis, chapter 17 verse 8, the text reads, “And I will give unto thee and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the Land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.” The complexities of heritage and homeland are the subject […]

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Things to Come

Things to Come

| December 2, 2016

The often-fraught relationship between an individual and the passage of time is thoughtfully examined in Mia Hansen-Løve’s latest film Things to Come. The story follows Nathalie (Isabelle Huppert) a philosophy teacher at a Paris high school who has built a career out of questioning some of the most profound and complex dilemmas of the human […]

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An Interview with Rob Cannan and Ross Adam

An Interview with Rob Cannan and Ross Adam

| September 23, 2016

The complexities of how we create and consume narrative are compellingly explored in Rob Cannan and Ross Adam’s documentary The Lovers and the Despot. The story follows South Korean filmmaker Shin Sang-ok and actress Choi Eun-hee who meet and fall in love in 1950’s post-war Korea. In 1978, after a string of successful films bringing […]

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Disorder

Disorder

| August 12, 2016

Reality, and how trauma influences an individual’s sense of it, is at the heart of director Alice Winocour’s latest feature Disorder. The story follows Vincent (Matthias Schoenaerts), a French Special Forces soldier who has just returned from Afghanistan. Suffering from PTSD, Vincent tries to stay as busy as possible, picking up the odd security job to […]