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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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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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Jaws (Spielberg, 1975)

With the aid of Panavision and Technicolor, Spielberg creates a monumental 70s film bringing together the epic scale of David Lean and the captivating action of Alfred Hitchcock. Jaws grabs you and sinks deep. Though psychological and violent, Jaws is … Continue reading

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The Film Cut and Mental Anxiety

The cinema is conscious. This is not a novel idea. There has been much discussion of this in the world of film theory. The cinema is not only reflective of visual culture but an instance of our own reality. In … Continue reading

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The Martian (Scott, 2015)

Everything is too quick, too safe, too easy. There is little a sense of urgency or chaos given the subject. Any given conflict finds quick a solution, with Scott often jumping over any sign of dead time to present only … Continue reading

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Bridge of Spies (Spielberg, 2015)

Its greatest success is that it perfectly executes all the technical fortuitousness of Hollywood conventions and American filmmaking. Its greatest setback is that it perfectly executes all the technical fortuitousness of Hollywood conventions and American filmmaking. Spielberg’s cinematic form, which … Continue reading

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Entourage (Ellen, 2015)

Hot chicks in tight short skirts discretely enter and exit the frames of tatami shots. Fancy cars, helicopters, and houses superficially dazzle the audience through extravagant cranes. All the men end up with girls, money, and fame. It’s a boy’s … Continue reading

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