Tag Archives: Cinematography

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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A Misstep in Film History: Wim Wenders Wings of Desire and Its Masterpiece Status

Although Wenders’ film is masterfully crafted, with some absolutely glorious camera movements, use of light, black and white, and colour, the script reeks of pretense. Wender’s narrative, well intentioned as may be, is too self serious to convey fantasy, yet … Continue reading

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Life Is Like a Dream: Jarmusch’s Paterson Unfurled

Through its dreamlike aesthetic, lethargic rhythm, and patterned mise-en-scene, Jim Jarmusch’s densely philosophical tone poem manages to convey a certain unutterable phenomenology, one which is surrealistically experienced in life’s poetic coincidences and confusions. It is mindfully realized through an acute … 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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Manchester By The Sea (Lonergan, 2016)

Well structured and novelistic, a Dostoevskien tragedy conveying self-isolation and effacement in face of of a life disarmingly out of harmony, where thoughts and actions misalign and communication barriers forge rifts between self and others. Deftly handled and extraordinarily sensitive … 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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Distant Voices, Still Lives (Davies, 1988)

This is a different sort of review. I never meant to write a formal piece, but I ended up watching the film an unprecedented three times in three days, and I want to share the experience by posting various informal … Continue reading

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Sunset Song (Davies, 2015)

Despite certain narrative issues, Sunset Song is yet another gorgeously realized Davies film boasting exceptional cinematography, a lyrical pace, and some of his best lighting to date. It has been underrated by critics choosing to compare it to Distant Voices, … 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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