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Black Mirror: Bandersnatch–The Final, Final Ending

New cinematic language and foray into reinventing the new digital cinema aside, let’s look at what everyone online is chirping about: the endings. There are a multitude of film endings, each concluding with the critic giving a review of the … Continue reading

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Arrival: On Intuition, Language, and A Great Film’s Greatest Failure (Villeneuve, 2016)

In spite of dropping the inimitable Roger Deakins (Prisoners–a masterpiece–, Sicario), Canada’s leading Studio director, Denis Villeneuve, has crafted a film of bracing visual detail and innovation, using primarily push ins, pull outs, and overexposure in producing haunting images of the … Continue reading

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The Martian (Scott, 2015)

Everything is too quick, too safe, too easy. There is little a sense of urgency or chaos given the subject. Any given conflict finds quick a solution, with Scott often jumping over any sign of dead time to present only … Continue reading

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Crash (Cronenberg, 1996)

Cronenberg’s singular aesthetic is never more present than in the tense meanderings of the broken psyches on display, scars and flesh resembling the damage and body of the machines that first caused their psycho-pathological conflation of sexual expression and mechanical … 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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Under The Skin (Glazer, 2014) – Two Viewings

I saw Under the Skin back in September (2013) at TIFF. I wrote a capsule review for Next Projection that night, and felt that I had given too little time to digest such a complicated work. For months after, my … Continue reading

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Elysium (Blomkamp, 2013)

Despite its constant contradictions, both normative and ideological, and despite its generic plot, which forwards the personal while tenuously grasping the universal, Elysium remains an entertaining exercise in modern blockbuster filmmaking. Unfortunately, the excitement and entertainment wrought by Elysium dies … 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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Upstream Color (Carruth, 2013)

While intriguing and highly provocative, Upstream Color doesn’t deliver on the many promises it appears to make. Opting to give as little information as possible, thus allowing viewers to forge interpretations of their own, the film doesn’t have nearly the … Continue reading

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