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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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Sunset Song (Davies, 2015)

Despite certain narrative issues, Sunset Song is yet another gorgeously realized Davies film boasting exceptional cinematography, a lyrical pace, and some of his best lighting to date. It has been underrated by critics choosing to compare it to Distant Voices, … Continue reading

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Vancouver Film Festival Coverage

Here I will post links to my coverage of the Vancouver Film Festival (VIFF). I will update this post regularly, as my reviews come rolling through. You can follow my list on letterboxd for a more detailed account of what … Continue reading

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Kamran Ahmed’s Top 25 Films of 2014

It comes time to credit the cinema standouts of 2014. Here I am again, perplexed by the ratings and statistics, the festivals and the box offices, the ways in which we organize films into tiny fragmented collections. We want an … 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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Enemy (Villeneuve, 2014)

Enemy boasts a rich atmosphere and layered compositions. A combination of selective focus, physical obstructions, blur, and fog viscerally presents the confusion and enigmatic silence that accompanies the film’s psychological and narrational tropes. As with Prisoners, Villeneuve deftly brings a … Continue reading

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TIFF 2013 Awards

Modeled after Indiewire’s categories, here are my picks for TIFF 2013: Best Narrative Feature: 12 Years a Slave Prisoners Gravity Blue is the Warmest Colour The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her Best Documentary Feature: Manakamana At Berkeley Best … Continue reading

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TIFF 2013 Recap & Coverage

I realize that some people follow this blog who are not aware of my work at Next Projection. As some of you might have noticed, I have not been active here, and this is because I have been extremely active … 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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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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