Category Archives: Essays

How Music Ruined a Potential Masterpiece: Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk and its Greatest Failing

There’s much in Nolan’s audacious new feature worth commending, chief among which is the underlying conceptual apparatus of time and rhythm and the greatly immersive experience it generates.  Cross cutting between three divergent storlines yet maintaining a parallel flow of … Continue reading

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Bloodsport: A Prime Example of Affective Cinema

In spite of nostalgia’s effect on my revision, and in spite of Bloodsport’s apparent contrast to what we generally deem cinematic art, the cult-classic remains fastened on the minds of many a cinephile. Such a phenomenon surely calls for retrospection, and … Continue reading

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Remakes As Vehicles Of Discovery: An Analysis Of Rashômon And The Outrage

In this paper, I will examine Martin Ritt’s Western recontextualization of Akira Kurosawa’s Rashômon (1950). I will argue that, while the humanist themes and philosophical concepts of Kurosawa’s Rashômon may felicitously transmit across cultures, and though the mythic setting of … Continue reading

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On Formalism & Aesthetic Experience

In this paper, I will examine the formalist perspective of film theory, focusing particularly on the work of Rudolf Arnheim and Jean Mitry. I will begin with an overview of the history of film theory, followed by a description of … Continue reading

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Solaris: A Comparison

First, I will examine the direct bridge that can be made between Tarkovsky’s 1972 Solaris and Steven Soderbergh’s 2002 remake. I will then focus my attention towards two other films, Akira Kurosawa’s Rashômon and Ingmar Bergman’s Persona, that, while not … Continue reading

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Concerning ‘Formalism’, ‘Cognitivism’ And Charlie Kaufman

In this paper, I will apply the film theoretical perspective’s of ‘formalism’ and ‘cognitivism’ in examining the screenplays of Charlie Kaufman. I will assert that the content of these particular perspectives are methodologically useful when approaching Kaufman’s films, and that, … Continue reading

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On Aesthetic Experience & The Emphasis Of Form

In this paper, I will examine Noel Carroll and Jerrold Levinson’s definitions of aesthetic experience with reference to their emphasis on form/formal properties. I will begin by describing what they mean by form/formal properties. I will then, while pointing out … Continue reading

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Industrial Disease

In this paper, I will compare Guru Dutt’s Pyaasa (Thirst, 1957) and Kaagaz Ke Phool (Paper Flowers, 1959). I will argue that, while both films are respected for their astute social commentary, Pyaasa has a stronger socio-political concern, while Kaagaz … Continue reading

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How The Story Is Told

In this paper, I will compare Bimal Roy’s Devdas (1955) with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s (2002). Although both films tell the same basic story, they differ in how they tell that story; each film is clearly distinguishable by the manner in … Continue reading

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Goodfellas: The Use Of Voice-Over

In this paper, I will examine Martin Scorsese’s utilization of voice-over in his film Goodfellas (1990). Although voice-over is generally considered a “lazy” form of scriptwriting by the film community, I will argue that Scorsese’s utilization of voice-over as a … Continue reading

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