Monthly Archives: December 2015

Ordet (Dreyer, 1955)

Such perfect mastery of time and rhythm perhaps unequaled in cinema. A chamber drama with few scenes, each austerely captured by the observing and detached gaze of a languid camera, which carefully tracks the actors deeply nuanced performances in long … Continue reading

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Crown Royal Northern Harvest Review

At 45%, the whisky is watery as hell, with and overly sweet finish. On closer attention, there’s a short burst of flavour on the palate that well balances oak and vanilla with a strong lemon zest or citrus. The slightly … Continue reading

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Carol (Haynes, 2015)

This is going to be a slightly different kind of review. I want to look at Todd Haynes’ Carol not only as the pinnacle achievement of what Haynes has being doing in cinema throughout his career but as the pinnacle … Continue reading

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Ken Park (Clark, 2002)

Ken Park is Larry Clark’s most offensive and unnecessary film. It is provocative for the sake of being so, with little urgency in its quad-story structure. Unlike Kids and Bully, the film has no sense of responsibility in truth telling, … Continue reading

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Tangerine (Baker, 2015)

I don’t really understand the unwavering critical praise. Along with Son of Saul, this is the biggest disappointment of the year vis-a-vis acclaimed cinema. I was a bit skeptical when I heard that it was shot with an I-Phone, but … Continue reading

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The Long Take and Mindfulness

Branching from my recent post on the film cut and mental anxiety, I’d like to now put into context the opposite phenomenon, the link between long takes and mindfulness, a notion that often leads to theories on the therapeutic value … Continue reading

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The Film Cut and Mental Anxiety

The cinema is conscious. This is not a novel idea. There has been much discussion of this in the world of film theory. The cinema is not only reflective of visual culture but an instance of our own reality. In … Continue reading

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Creed (Coogler, 2015)

An emotive tour de force only rivaled in quality by the original Rocky. Cinematographically superior and topically relevant. Some incredible moments including the slow motion run surrounded by motorcylists, the Steadicam long takes of entering the new gym and of … Continue reading

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