The Sufferings of Job — Plus a Blowtorch
David D'Arcy's Outtakes
Dressed to Rise from the Dead
Pity the poor Soviet soldiers, pushing the straggling Wehrmacht back across the Eastern European mud, only to find that the Nazis were stitching together the dead and sending the reconstituted troops back to the battlefield. We’re not talking about the wounded, whom the Nazis were also repackaging as cannon fodder, but the real dead – Frankenstein’s Army (dir. Richard Raaphorst, Netherlands, 84 minutes, 2013).
Too Many Pictures, and Not Enough Attention — FIFA 2013 — Montreal
The top prize at this year’s International Festival of Films on Art went to a film that warns of image overload, given the over-production of images as digital cameras and mobile phones record them. The effect, we don’t need to be told, is that anyone linked to these technologies risks being mired in a swamp of images. And most of us, it suggests, will never be competent swimmers.
There are people in the US Congress who believe that the universe was created in a week and that Adam and Eve walked among dinosaurs, and lots of Americans voted for these Neanderthals. Why have health care for the uninsured? We’re just helping them to get to heaven faster.