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Mother! Explained

I really don’t understand what the fuss is all about, why this film is so contentious, and why this film has so many theories around it. Mother! is quite simple, really, and once you realize its basic allegorical framework, it’s … Continue reading

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Logan: A Tale of Tragedy

Certainly one of the best ‘superhero’ films of all time, Logan separates from the pack through character depth and development akin to a Greek┬átragedy–perhaps of the neo-mythological kind. Logan’s arc, what a multitude of previous franchise installments have presented but … Continue reading

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25th Hour (Lee, 2002)

Overall an excellent film with stylistic tendencies and visual appeal. Spike Lee’s direction is fluid and committed, giving the viewer a strong sense of his aims and themes. In spite of this, the film suffers from some notable pacing issues, … Continue reading

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Magnolia (Anderson, 2000)

With rapid editing, montage, multiple climaxes, inter-cutting, etc. there’s much to pay attention to and so much more to easily gloss over. Nearly the entire film plays out like its in this perpetual climax where each character is about to … Continue reading

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So You Don’t Have To Read It: ROOM–from book to film

Herein, I will outline the major differences between the novel Room by Emma Donoghue, and the film Room, adapted for the screen by Lenny Abrahamson. To be sure, I believe the film is a fine example of the adapted screenplay, … Continue reading

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It’s Such a Beautiful Day (Hertzfeldt, 2012)

Such candid observation and comprehensive inquiry into the bittersweet truths of existence never so potently realized as in this most sophisticated of simple elegies. An animated spiritual equal to the likes of Tarkovsky’s Mirror, Malick’s Tree of Life, and Sokurov’s … Continue reading

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Tangerine (Baker, 2015)

I don’t really understand the unwavering critical praise. Along with Son of Saul, this is the biggest disappointment of the year vis-a-vis acclaimed cinema. I was a bit skeptical when I heard that it was shot with an I-Phone, but … Continue reading

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Steve Jobs (Boyle, 2015)

In this highly impressionistic biopic of Steve Jobs, a visionary figure of modern culture, Danny Boyle’s distinct stylistic panache counters its tacit journalistic responsibilities. Indeed complete of visual flair and artistic nuance, his singular aesthetic design is such that subjective … 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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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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