Monthly Archives: November 2016

4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days (Mungiu, 2007)

Gripping Romanian New Wave film with affecting performances and an aptly bleak set design. A subtext of profound social implications is subtly conveyed through French/Italian social realist innovations including deep focus, mobile hand camera operation, and on location sound. A … Continue reading

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Arrival: On Intuition, Language, and A Great Film’s Greatest Failure (Villeneuve, 2016)

In spite of dropping the inimitable Roger Deakins (Prisoners–a masterpiece–, Sicario), Canada’s leading Studio director, Denis Villeneuve, has crafted a film of bracing visual detail and innovation, using primarily push ins, pull outs, and overexposure in producing haunting images of the … Continue reading

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Moonlight (Jenkins, 2016)

On second viewing, I confirmed that Moonlight is truly a contemporary masterpiece, and currently the best film I’ve seen in 2016. My truncated review of past explained my primary observation: that the camera searches for and amplifies the quiet peace found in … Continue reading

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