All things strive for balance, yet thrive on imbalance.

Balance is unmoving in the right. Unmoving is death.

Imbalance is chaos in the wrong. Chaos is life.

Thus we inhabit chaos.

To deny chaos — to deny that we will lose, will suffer, will die — is the source of…


How to play the game of life? By pretending that it’s no game. Man must numb himself with emotions while drowning in the quagmire of life. Survival requires illusion, and so, no TV documentary, no detergent comes without emotional baggage. Man thrives on hormonal humbug, both victim and perpetrator of…


A fragment

“Look at me,” the whisper implored. “Behold me, for I am the gorgon.”
“If I look at you, I will turn to stone.”
“That is correct,” the gorgon asserted. “On the whole, petrifaction is a much more desirable state than putrefaction. A rotting corpse gives warmth, ’tis true, but it also…


Fragments of a Manual for Regression

It is clear that the world is purely parodic,
in other words, that each thing seen is the parody of another, or is the same thing in a deceptive form.

— Georges Battaile

The ultimate goal is the destruction of all, but you need to build up to it and…


Hey, it’s a pre-code comedy! With songs! And puns (“Why is he called Luke?” — “Because he’s not so hot!”)! Also, it all ends with a world war. What’s not to love?

The middle part of an unofficial trilogy of weirdo political comedies, together with Million-Dollar Legs (1932) and Duck…


Hanna Amon is a 1951 German color melodrama, directed and co-written by Veit Harlan. …


“My uncle saw a coyote by that tree over there. It stood there for several seconds and then went away.”

Suspension of disbelief (in Coleridge’s words, “poetic faith”) is easier than it sounds, for we love narratives and will gladly, if smugly, accept all kind of glitches if only the…


Screenwriter and producer Philip Yordan, credited for When Strangers Mary (1944), Dillinger (1945), The Naked Jungle (1954), Johnny Guitar (1954), The Broken Lance (1954 — an Academy Award winning script), The Big Combo (1955), El Cid (1961), Day of the Triffids (1963), 55 Days in Peking (1963) and The Fall…


Anders als du und ich (US titles: Bewildered Youth (dubbed), The Third Sex (subtitled)) is a 1957 German exploitation movie which purports to deal with the then-taboo subject of homosexuality.

Arca, a small Berlin production company specializing in lowbrow entertainment (like Liane (1956)), picked up a topical theme: In 1957…

Andre Solnikkar

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