Possessed by Violence: Valhalla Rising

Valhalla Rising is a complex and violent film, full of beautiful, savage images and scant dialogue. What actually happens onscreen? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gx2u4ZzhcmQ Nicolas Winding Refn's brutal tour-de-force Valhalla Rising stars Mads Mikkelsen as a mute killing machine owned by a Norse Chieftain. The Chieftain keeps him caged, barely seeing to his physical needs and trotting him … Continue reading Possessed by Violence: Valhalla Rising

The Outsider as a Mirror: A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

Outsiders inspire fear and enchantment. What does our reaction to those who are different say about us and our beliefs? Literature and film contain shining examples of outsiders, but I doubt there are many stories in either medium that contain as many outsiders as John Irving's A Prayer for Owen Meany. The most genuine and endearing … Continue reading The Outsider as a Mirror: A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving