Tag Archives: linguistics

Two Short Films: This Is It (2014); Odile et Michel (2014).

Recently I had the chance to watch two short films that both played on their use of language in different ways, and thought I might group them together for a post. There’s nothing better than a short film that is entirely surprising in the way it handles its communication of story and ideas, and these […]

Project Nim (2011): Quick-shot review!

A documentary about a chimp with a puntastic name, Project Nim (2011, dir. James Marsh) chronicles the life and academic study of one Nim Chimpsky. Nim the chimpanzee was taken from his mother at birth and transplanted into the family of well-to-do academics in order to be raised in the manner of a human child. […]

Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy? (2013): “The world is a very puzzling place.”

Director Michel Gondry’s newest mindbending masterpiece, Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy? (2013) communicates a series of conversations between Gondry himself and famed linguist, philosopher, and political activist Noam Chomsky. These conversations are brought to life through spirited animations that reflect Gondry’s surreal view on life, and contain questions about human nature, evolution, language, […]