essays in IB english

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English Literature for the IB Diploma | written by David James & Nic Amy; published by Cambridge Uni. Press

1. Works in translation

In his essay, Judt writes: ‘If words fall into disrepair, what will substitute? They are all we have.’ To what extent would you agree? Is there anything beyond language? Are our identities wholly defined by the words we use? Are words all we have?

2020, in review

Culture is a prism; look at all the colours.

books

4 / 4 / 4 | A Room of One’s Own | Virginia Woolf, 1929
4 / 2 / ? | The Metamorphosis | Franz Kafka, 1915 (tr: Underwood, 1990)
3 / ? / ? | The Metamorphosis | Franz Kafka, 1915 (tr: Bernofsky, 2014)
4 / ? / ? | Stories 1904-1924 | Franz Kafka (tr: Underwood, 1990)
3 / 4 / ? | This Little Art | Kate Briggs, 2017
3 / ? / ? | Animal | Sara Pascoe, 2016
? / ? / ? | Three Guineas | Virginia Woolf, 1938


film & tv

? / ? / ? | Gretel & Hansel | Oz Perkins
? / ? / ? | Birds of Prey | Cathy Yan
? / ? / ? | The Lodge | Severin Fiala & Veronika Franz
? / ? / ? | The Call of the Wild | Chris Sanders
? / ? / ? | The Invisible Man | Leigh Whannell
? / ? / ? | A Quiet Place Part II | John Krasinski
? / ? / ? | Mulan | Niki Caro

& 2 / 100 of this decade-defining list from Little White Lies

& these other films from years gone by:
3 / 2 / 2 | Jojo Rabbit | Taika Waititi, 2019
4 / 4 / 4 | 1917 | Sam Mendes, 2019
4 / 5 / 5 | Uncut Gems | Safdie brothers, 2019

series

3 / 5 / 5 | Sex Education | S1 | Ben Taylor, Kate Herron
5 / 5 / 5 | Sex Education | S2 | B. Taylor, A. Seabright, S. Goodheart
5 / ? / ? | Peaky Blinders | S1 |
3 / 2 / 2 | The Stranger | Daniel O’Hara & Hannah Quinn, 2020
3 / ? / ? | The People v. OJ Simpson |


music

this Spotify playlist of lost & found singles


other

best films of the 10s

My stubborn urge to compare every film to Arrival because it’s fucking amazing is strong, but increasingly difficult to navigate.

The Little White Lies: 100 Best Films of the Decade list saw ‘more than 300 films nominated by some 70 writers’ – a delicious place to start for any critic stretching their points of decade-defining cultural reference.

I’ve adopted LWL’s rating system for most of my lists, too: a ‘unique tripartite’ capturing three aspects of the film experience in their individual glories: anticipation / enjoyment / retrospect, or before / during / after.


? / ? / ? | 100. We Need to Talk About Kevin | Ramsay, 2011
? / ? / ? | 99. The Nine Muses | Akomfrah, 2010
? / ? / ? | 98. Bastards | Denis, 2013
? / ? / ? | 97. Eighth Grade | Burnham, 2018
4 / 2 / 3 | 96. The Work | McLeary & Aldous, 2017
? / ? / ? | 95. Manchester by the Sea | Lonergan, 2016
? / ? / ? | 94. Two Days, One Night | Dardenne brothers, 2014
? / ? / ? | 93. Paradise: trilogy ( Love / Faith / Hope ) | Seidl, 2012-13
? / ? / ? | 92. Popstar: … | Taccone & Schaffer, 2016
? / ? / ? | 91. Embrace of the Serpent | Guerra, 2015
90. Goodbye First Love | Hansen-Løve, 2011
89. Blue Valentine | Cianfrance, 2010
88. Goodbye to Language | Godard, 2014
87. Silence | Scorsese, 2016
86. Good Time | Safdie brothers, 2017
85. Ex Machina | Garland, 2014
84. House of Tolerance | Bonello, 2011
83. Enemy | Villeneuve, 2013
82. Mysteries of Lisbon | Ruiz, 2010
81. Nocturama | Bonello, 2016
80. Horse Money | Costa, 2014
79. Pariah | Rees, 2011
78. Kill List | Wheatley, 2011
77. Certain Women | Reichardt, 2016
76. Girlhood | Sciamma, 2014
75. The Day He Arrives | Sang-soo, 2011
74. Like Someone in Love | Kiarostami & Modaressi, 2012
73. Vitalina Varela | Costa, 2019
72. Personal Shopper | Assayas, 2016
71. Star Wars: The Last Jedi | Johnson, 2017
70. The Assassin | Hsiao-Hsien, 2015
69. Knight of Cups | Malick, 2015
68. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood | Tarantino, 2019
67. No Home Movie | Akerman, 2015
66. Zero Dark Thirty | Bigelow, 2012
65. Meek’s Cutoff | Reichardt, 2010
64. The Wolf of Wall Street | Scorsese, 2013
63. The Grand Budapest Hotel | Anderson, 2014
62. OJ: Made in America | Edelman, 2016
61. This Is Not a Film | Panahi, 2011
60. The Duke of Burgundy | Strickland, 2014
59. Weekend | Haigh, 2011
58. The Wind Rises | Miyazaki, 2013
57. Arrival | Villeneuve, 2016
56. Raw | Ducournau, 2016
55. Inherent Vice | Anderson, 2014
54. American Honey | Arnold, 2016
53. Leviathan | Castaing-Taylor & Paravel, 2012
52. Paterson | Jarmusch, 2016
51. 20th Century Women | Mills, 2016
50. Stories We Tell | Polley, 2012
49. Cameraperson | Johnson, 2016
48. The Other Side of the Wind | Welles, 2018
47. Call Me by Your Name | Guadagnino, 2017
46. L for Leisure | Horn & Kalman, 2014
45. Hereditary | Aster, 2018
44. Elle | Verhoeven, 2016
43. Gone Girl | Fincher, 2014
42. Uncle Boonmee… | Weerasethakul, 2010
41. High Life| Denis, 2018
40. Zama | Martel, 2017
39. 120 Beats Per Minute | Campillo, 2017
38. Leviathan | Zvyagintsev, 2014
37. Burning | Chang-dong, 2018
36. The Turin Horse | Tarr & Hranitzky, 2011
35. Magic Mike XXL | Jacobs, 2015
34. Portrait of a Lady on Fire | Sciamma, 2019
4 / 4 / 4 | 33. Parasite | Joon-ho, 2019
32. The Act of Killing | Oppenheimer, 2012
31. Holy Motors | Carax, 2012
30. Phoenix | Petzold, 2014
29. Poetry | Chang-dong, 2010
28. First Reformed | Schrader, 2017
27. Inception | Nolan, 2010
26. The Irishman | Scorsese, 2019
25. Boyhood | Linklater, 2014
24. Paddington 2 | King, 2017
23. Certified Copy | Kiarostami, 2010
22. Song to Song | Malick, 2017
21. Frances Ha | Baumbach, 2012
20. The Souvenir | Hogg, 2019
19. Eden | Hansen-Løve, 2014
18. Lady Bird | Gerwig, 2017
17. Stray Dogs | Ming-liang, 2013
16. Roma | Cuarón, 2018
15. You Were Never Really Here | Ramsay, 2017
14. The Tree of Life | Malick, 2011
13. The Social Network | Fincher, 2010
12. The Master | Anderson, 2012
11. Get Out | Peele, 2017
10. Tabu | Gomes, 2012
9. Margaret | Lonergan, 2011
8. It’s Such a Beautiful Day | Hertzfeldt, 2012
7. Toni Erdmann | Ade, 2016
6. Carol | Haynes, 2015
5. Mad Max: Fury Road | Miller, 2015
4. Phantom Thread | Anderson, 2017
3. Inside Llewyn Davis | Coen brothers, 2013
2. Moonlight | Jenkins, 2016
1. Under the Skin | Glazer, 2013