Monthly Archives: October 2015

Vancouver Film Festival Coverage

Here I will post links to my coverage of the Vancouver Film Festival (VIFF). I will update this post regularly, as my reviews come rolling through. You can follow my list on letterboxd for a more detailed account of what … Continue reading

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The Martian (Scott, 2015)

Everything is too quick, too safe, too easy. There is little a sense of urgency or chaos given the subject. Any given conflict finds quick a solution, with Scott often jumping over any sign of dead time to present only … Continue reading

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Bridge of Spies (Spielberg, 2015)

Its greatest success is that it perfectly executes all the technical fortuitousness of Hollywood conventions and American filmmaking. Its greatest setback is that it perfectly executes all the technical fortuitousness of Hollywood conventions and American filmmaking. Spielberg’s cinematic form, which … Continue reading

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Steve Jobs (Boyle, 2015)

In this highly impressionistic biopic of Steve Jobs, a visionary figure of modern culture, Danny Boyle’s distinct stylistic panache counters its tacit journalistic responsibilities. Indeed complete of visual flair and artistic nuance, his singular aesthetic design is such that subjective … Continue reading

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Junun (Anderson, 2015)

Anderson’s direction is singular and subtly thematic in what seems to be a significant moment in contemporary music and culture. At times, the dynamic hand-camera makes one feel present; at other times, it loses perspective and displays amateur control, ridding … Continue reading

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Entourage (Ellen, 2015)

Hot chicks in tight short skirts discretely enter and exit the frames of tatami shots. Fancy cars, helicopters, and houses superficially dazzle the audience through extravagant cranes. All the men end up with girls, money, and fame. It’s a boy’s … Continue reading

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Taxi (Panahi, 2015)

Panahi’s most aesthetically pure and visually provocative film, chalk full of self-reference, cultural exposition, and homage to cinema. The Kiarostami-esque close up of a rose, eastern string instrumentation in the soundtrack, and long tracking takes from the taxi’s interior render … Continue reading

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