Monthly Archives: January 2017

Deconstructing Robert Altman’s McCabe & Mrs. Miller

Because of its many moving parts and modes of storytelling, this is not an easy film to digest nor review. It is haunting and atmospheric, leaving a resonant melancholy long after viewing. And yet somehow the film does so by … Continue reading

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Hidden Figures (Melfi, 2016)

An important historical drama which, in spite of some narrative contrivance and sentimental gesturing, succeeds in conveying the under recognized role of three African American women during a significant moment in America’s past. Its use of dramatization is unlike most … Continue reading

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La La Land and Film Criticism’s Malleable Perspective on Homage and Originality

Since its premiere at Venice, Chazelle’s third feature, La La Land—a euphemism for a fantasy world, also seen as LA—has met critical acclaim, mainstream approval, Oscar buzz, a critical backlack, a re-examination, and Oscar pundit denial and defense. It now stands … Continue reading

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