People tend to pay special attention to horror movies during October, but there are plenty of non-spooky titles delving into the afterlife. Here are a few good ones that you can watch right now.
A Matter of Life and Death
One of the best works from legendary British filmmaking duo Powell & Pressburger, this 1946 classic features David Niven as an Royal Air Force (RAF) pilot who miraculously evades his predetermined death after being shot down. The “Other World” is still after him, though, but he gets a chance to take the matter to court — on the grounds that, since he’s fallen in love, he deserves to continue on with his life. A beautiful, swooning film with a brilliant (and highly influential) conception of the afterlife.
Available on Classix.
Defending Your Life
Leave it to Albert Brooks to make a very different spin on the idea of going on trial after death. Here, the worst thing that can happen to a soul is reincarnation, having to go through all the bs of human life on Earth all over again. Instead, Brooks’s character is desperate to assert that he is free enough of mortal fears and concerns to continue on to the next realm of existence. (Particularly since he’s fallen in love with Meryl Streep, who’s already bound for that realm.)
Available on Criterion Channel and other platforms.
This is the best film Pixar made in the 2010s. (I see you, Inside Out fans, but I do not acknowledge you.) Its evocative portrayal of an afterlife inspired by the culture of Mexico is also a parable for how the true afterlife is how we remember the people we knew and loved after they are gone. The result is a gorgeous-looking, fantastically animated adventure that earns its biggest heartwarming moments without ever pandering to kids.
Available on Disney+ and other platforms.
Coasting the Topography of South Asian Futurisms
As part of Hyperallergic’s Emily Hall Tremaine Journalism Fellowship for Curators, Sadaf Padder presents an exhibition to offer insight into her curatorial process.
I’m a Florida Drag Queen and I’m Scared
I’m truly at a loss for what to do for work and what kind of life I can expect to live.
Pratt’s 2023 Fine Arts MFA Thesis Exhibition Is On View in Brooklyn
The two-part exhibition features the work of 41 graduating artists across disciplines, including painting, sculpture, printmaking, and integrated practices.
An Artist’s Hopeful Vision of the Ocean
Indonesian artist Mulyana crafts a tactile, mystical world in which fish, whales, and coral reefs coexist with sea monsters.
An Introduction to “Afrogallonism”
Serge Attukwei Clottey explores Ghanaian culture and identity through discarded jerrycans and other found materials.
The Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation Presents The Feminine in Abstract Painting
Curated by Jennifer Samet and Andrea Belag, this group exhibition in NYC explores the feminine through aesthetics, as opposed to identity or gender.
A Ride With Liz Cohen
Nothing in the artist’s personal biography could predict that she’d one day become a car builder and bikini model.
LA’s Hammer Museum Wants to Be Seen
After two decades of renovations, the museum that calls itself a “well-kept secret” reopens with a mission to be more visible.
NYU Steinhardt Opens 2023 MFA Thesis Exhibitions
Taking place at 80WSE Gallery in New York’s Greenwich Village, Part I is on view from late March through April while Part II opens in May.
AI-Generated “Dope Francis” Fools the Internet
Many thought the picture of Pope Francis in a puffer jacket, created using Midjourney, was the real deal.
1,400-Year-Old Mural of Two-Faced Man Found in Peru
Historians hypothesize that the Moche paintings could represent artists’ attempts to experiment with portraying movement or narrative.
Miniature Worlds: Joseph Cornell, Ray Johnson, Yayoi Kusama
Through small-scale works, this exhibition at the Katonah Museum of Art in New York examines Cornell’s prominent role in the lives and careers of Johnson and Kusama.
Louvre Shutters as Pension Plan Protests Intensify
President Macron’s plan to raise the retirement age from 62 to 64 has sparked widespread demonstrations across the country.
They Managed to Mess Up an Art Heist Movie
There must be a lesson in Vasilis Katsoupis’s film Inside about the vacuousness of the art market or the claustrophobia of exhibition spaces — I just don’t care.
Seriously that’s all you’ve got?
What about ‘Heaven can wait’? What dreams may come? Cocteaus’ ‘Orphée’? ‘The Sixth Sense’? ‘Truly, Madly, Deeply’? To name a few. Then if you want to go into a massively in depth discussion about it ‘The Good Place”. This one is TV but it’s one of the deepest if the most cotton candy coated.
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