Tag Archives: American Cinema

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (Casavettes, 1976)

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie mounts Casavettes’ unique hand in raw realism via a narrowly focused narrative on a singular character’s plight of life. Shots, with a narrow angled camera–tend to bring background to the fore, intimating the character’s narrative … Continue reading

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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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Once Upon a Time in the West (Leone, 1968)

Leone’s meticulous cinematography, iconic photography, and brilliant sound design distinguish Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) not only as a masterpiece but as one of the most important western-genre gems of the 20th century. While some, including myself, … Continue reading

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A Woman Under the Influence (Cassavetes, 1974)

After seeing one feature, Shadows, I was reluctant to watch Cassavetes a second time, in spite of @Vahn ‘s constant praise. I didn’t feel much while watching Shadows, and I could sense that his perception of reality did not align … Continue reading

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Ex Machina (Alex Garland, 2015, USA)

A relatively imaginative undertaking of a not so original concept: artificial intelligence. The interesting difference is that notions of artificial intelligence are placed in the background of a truly more archaic humanity/morality piece. The film establishes tropes and techniques in … Continue reading

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Boyhood (Linklater, 2014)

Coming from a secularist, Boyhood is a surprisingly poetic film. Linklater is not known for crafting highly aesthetic or spiritual films, but the means by which he weaves in philosophy and questions the meaning of life is a method of … Continue reading

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The Immigrant (Gray, 2014)

James Gray’s The Immigrant (2014) is a landmark in American Cinema that will one day be credited as a modern masterpiece. It is a tour de force in all respects, taking the most appealing qualities of European art cinema and … Continue reading

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Under The Skin (Glazer, 2014) – Two Viewings

I saw Under the Skin back in September (2013) at TIFF. I wrote a capsule review for Next Projection that night, and felt that I had given too little time to digest such a complicated work. For months after, my … Continue reading

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