Thesis progress

So my thesis proposal is still going to-and-fro between my supervisor and I in what feels like an endless loop. We are now at the stage of making pedantic grammatical changes before submission to the council. Thank goodness I’m part-time, and to that end I’ve decided to forge ahead with the thesis proper and powered out some 7000 words of pap about the basics of phenomenology that no doubt will be unrecognisable in the finished product. Ostensibly here is what my thesis will be about.

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To the Wonder

… and to cap off the NZIFF, we finished with Terrence Mallick’s To the Wonder. Ostensibly a film about love, To the Wonder follows Neil (Ben Affleck) and Merina (Olga Kurylenko) struggling with their relationship, cleverly contrasted with Father Quintana (Javier Bardem) struggling with his faith. Shot in a very interesting non-scripted fashion, where the narrative comes from editing patterns more than anything else, perhaps similar in style to Mallick’s previous feature, The Tree of Life, although quite different in content. I really enjoyed this film, it drew me in and I found it quite euphoric in parts, although I can understand criticism aimed at Mallick for visually repeating himself.

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