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aspect of Eggers’ The Witch (2016) is that it wants to be too many things: a chamber drama, a horror, a socio-historical document, a parable of religious-mystic fervor… While the film’s tone and visual appeal is rather … Continue reading

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Ken Park (Clark, 2002)

Ken Park is Larry Clark’s most offensive and unnecessary film. It is provocative for the sake of being so, with little urgency in its quad-story structure. Unlike Kids and Bully, the film has no sense of responsibility in truth telling, … 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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Rope (Hitchcock, 1948)

Perhaps Hitchcock’s finest moment, a surreal blending of theater and cinema. Sound and image become one. Articulate dialogue keeps the viewer utterly entertained. With scenes such as Brandon playing with the rope once used to kill, a metronomic rhythm increasing … Continue reading

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Form Is Content: An Examination Of Hitchcockian Murder

In this paper, I will examine how Hitchcock, in spite of the Hays Code restriction of showing explicit violence, developed editing techniques to formalize content – turn content into form – in order to pass the censors and depict violent … Continue reading

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