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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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Place Beyond The Pines (Cianfrance, 2012)

Cianfrance’s Place Beyond The Pines strongly evokes the feeling of passage—the passage of time, the passage of motion, the passage of ideas. The balanced structure harmonizes elements of cinematography, narrative, and ultimately narration to achieve a celebration of passing and … Continue reading

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Drive (Refn, 2011)

On first impression, and for good reason, Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive (2011) reminded me of Melville’s Le Samourai (1967), with Ryan Gosling, the driver, sporting a similar role to Jef Costello, Alain Delon’s infamously cool and mysterious lead character. In … Continue reading

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