Tag Archives: Spectacle

How Music Ruined a Potential Masterpiece: Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk and its Greatest Failing

There’s much in Nolan’s audacious new feature worth commending, chief among which is the underlying conceptual apparatus of time and rhythm and the greatly immersive experience it generates.  Cross cutting between three divergent storlines yet maintaining a parallel flow of … 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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Mad Max: Fury Road (Miller, 2015)

An exceptionally captivating, hyper textural example of postmodern spectacle. The film forgoes narrative intention; a negation of learned concepts allows it to breathe new and communicate by purely formal means. Rapid cutting, the representation of rapid blinking, form generative montage … Continue reading

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Now You See Me (Leterrier, 2013)

Now You See Me (2013) begins as a fun thrill ride. From the outset, Leterrier puts in motion a provocative storyline and complementary editing pace to get the viewer invested in the trick. In the end, the trick is on … Continue reading

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