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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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Poison (Haynes, 1991)

A triptych of abstract queer cinema with narratives connected through themes of alienation, disgrace, and shame. Each allegory calls towards the experience of being queer; Haynes likens the alienation of a young boy, the restraint of a victimized male, and … Continue reading

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The Witch (Eggers, 2016)

The most problematic aspect of Eggers’ The Witch (2016) is that it wants to be too many things: a chamber drama, a horror, a socio-historical document, a parable of religious-mystic fervor… While the film’s tone and visual appeal is rather … Continue reading

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The Revenant (Innaritu, 2015)

Like Birdman before it, this beautifully shot and highly sensationalized film captivates in the moment but disappears into soulless immemory shortly after the curtains close. With each feature film, Innaritu has become more arrogant and mean-spirited, with little love for … Continue reading

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The Hateful Eight (Tarantino, 2015)

The 70mm is glorious, though Tarantino does little to use the medium to his advantage. Snowfall is visceral and the actors pop off the screen, but with so much of the film set in a cabin, it feels that 70mm … Continue reading

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The Babadook (Kent, 2014)

This was quite frustrating. The Babadook starts off so well, with abrupt cuts, a clean, somewhat minimalist mise-en-scene (in the vein of Stanley Kubrick), and sound effects effectively designed to startle. Through and through the film is superbly edited, shot, … Continue reading

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It Follows (Mitchell, 2015)

The camera tracks vacancy, moral discontent, death of the sanctity of sex: the anguish of feeling empty inside. Sex and death and the loss of self. Perspective is found in its finale: succumbing to a moral loss of spirit and … Continue reading

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Alien (Scott, 1979)

Visually, for 1979, the film is quite rich. While some of the shots of the spacecraft and alien are downright laughable by today’s standards, the one major quality that they hold is a material nature. With CGI, no matter how … 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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Videodrome (Cronenberg, 1983)

   Cronenberg uses film theory to transform mediate objects into perceivable flesh. From Bergson to Deleuze, the cinema is conscious; it is consciousness reified. Perception of an image is always a subtraction of said image. The visual image is reality … Continue reading

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