Set in Mexico and the American Southwest in the 1850s, Blood Meridian is loosely based on the infamous Glanton Gang, a troop of mercenaries who were hired to hunt down Apaches but later had a bounty placed on them for their brutality. At the center of the novel are two figures, The Kid, a nameless drifter who joins and defects from the gang, and Judge Holden, one of the leaders of the gang who turns out to be a malevolent force of nature. McCarthy’s incredible writing is lush and rich, especially in his depictions of the natural landscape, but he contrasts this with brutal, violent imagery, in the process stripping down the mythic notions of the American West.
Treeless Mountain (Na-moo-eobs-neun san) is a 2008 Korean film, which tells the story of sisters Jin and Bin who “must fend for themselves when their mother abruptly packs her things, leaving the girls in the care of their alcoholic aunt.” This “certified Fresh” film, is “a tale of innocence lost.”
Access to the site is provided by the UArts Libraries, and films can be streamed on and off-campus. There are plenty of more new films as well as classics, including a wonderful selection from the Criterion Collection, available over at Kanopy. So be sure to check it out!