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  • Indignation

    Indignation 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 24 Jun, 2016 2

    I interviewed writer-director James Schamus here. Not a masterpiece by any means, but it's such an interesting experiment in performance by Lerman, Gadon, and Letts. Because it depends on this super bizarre structure of a film all revolving around a 15-minute conversation in the middle of the film, it becomes a largely internal film. It might look and sometimes flow like Mad Men, but I don't think it is (too many long shots, and the photography is a little toned…

  • The Tall T

    The Tall T 1957

    ★★★★ Watched 15 Jul, 2016

    Discussed with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon screenwriter / Focus Features co-founder / Indignation director James Schamus in this latest episode of The Cinephiliacs (its 4th anniversary show!). Due to time constraints, James and I only scratched the surface, but I think the things we discuss — the quasi-proletariat leanings, the lack of external action, and the strange final line — cover some of the essential parts of this Western. Boetticher is such a plain-style director that it can be hard…

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  • Moonrise Kingdom

    Moonrise Kingdom 2012

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 04 Aug, 2013 4

    I could talk about how this film's structure finally achieves the blissful melancholy that has been at the heart of all of Wes Anderson's films. I could talk about the precision of his framing and tracking shots, and how often he finds visual comedy through a perfect edit, or the slight entrance of new material into the frame. I could talk about how depressing the film is, the hints of both a traumatizing past, and that in a way, Sam…

  • Magic Mike XXL

    Magic Mike XXL 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 29 Jun, 2015 11

    "In the history of photography and film, getting the right image meant getting ones that conformed to the prevalent ideas of humanity. This included whiteness, of what colour—what range of hue—white people wanted white people to be....Movie lighting assume, privilege, and construct whiteness" —Richard Dyer, "Lighting For Whiteness"

    The history of Hollywood in many ways is the history of the construction of whiteness. This goes beyond simply films that have depicted African Americans in stereotypes or margnizaled their roles in…