Monthly Archives: March 2014

Garden State (Braff, 2004)

A wistful, melancholic tone is rendered by wispy camera movements, delicate music, and a wide angle lens. Though the film is well structured and shot, it doesn’t offer much more than a pandering for salvation that never truly transpires. Zack … Continue reading

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Enemy (Villeneuve, 2014)

Enemy boasts a rich atmosphere and layered compositions. A combination of selective focus, physical obstructions, blur, and fog viscerally presents the confusion and enigmatic silence that accompanies the film’s psychological and narrational tropes. As with Prisoners, Villeneuve deftly brings a … Continue reading

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In The Realm of the Senses (Oshima, 1976)

On one hand, In The Realm of the Senses is sincere and quite seriously goes about expressing the psychology of sexual obsession, but on the other hand, it gives much of the same sensory experience as pornography does. This pornography … Continue reading

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The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellaza, Sorrentino, 2013)

The Great Beauty’s concerted effort to present dual stylistic features complements its narrative appraisal of splashes of beauty within frivolity. While I found myself more appreciative of the moments of contemplation and spiritual grace than portrayals of the eccentricities of … Continue reading

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