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La La Land and Film Criticism’s Malleable Perspective on Homage and Originality

Since its premiere at Venice, Chazelle’s third feature, La La Land—a euphemism for a fantasy world, also seen as LA—has met critical acclaim, mainstream approval, Oscar buzz, a critical backlack, a re-examination, and Oscar pundit denial and defense. It now stands … Continue reading

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Goodbye, South, Goodbye (Hsaio-Hsien, 1996)

Captures Hou’s transition from nostalgia for childhood to nostalgia for youth. And those roads!! And those songs!! His films capture with such grace a time in a person’s life. Through nostalgic eyes, they look back and melancholically appreciate the simple … Continue reading

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The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellaza, Sorrentino, 2013)

The Great Beauty’s concerted effort to present dual stylistic features complements its narrative appraisal of splashes of beauty within frivolity. While I found myself more appreciative of the moments of contemplation and spiritual grace than portrayals of the eccentricities of … Continue reading

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The Long Day Closes (Davies, 1992)

The lighting in The Long Day Closes (1992) is nothing short of brilliance. For it alone, this film is well worth seeing — a must for any avid cinephile. The specific high key lighting, both off and on screen — … Continue reading

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