The police thought that it was what the old-timers used to call cabin fever. A kind of claustrophobic reaction which can occur when people are shut in together over long periods of time.
About a year ago, I saw Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film, The Shining, for the first time. As many are, I was aware of the stature the film has within cinema. The Shining has been discussed, parodied and gone over so many times it’s probable that if you…
This was my essay on Kurutta ippêji (A Page of Madness) for my Film History & Critical Analysis class. I left the in text citations in.
Thanks to Adam Cook for the recommendation.
Although Japan’s cultural and artistic history is already considered astronomical and reputable, some early works were never discovered because of World War 2 and the destruction it had on Japanese art. However, out of the destruction there were a few films which had survived the monstrosity and calamity…
It hit me that I was just this little girl, born in Texas, whose father was a sign painter, who only had just so many years to live.
In 1973, Terrance Malick released his first feature film, Badlands. Now, 40 years later, Badlands is still recognized for what it is; a brilliant drama filled with captivating narration, beautiful cinematography, some of the most charismatic characters on celluloid, and by far on of the most admirable directorial debuts to date.
It's better to look at the sky than live there. Such an empty place; so vague. Just a country where the thunder goes and things disappear.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a film which does nothing less than pull at your heartstrings with various tactics that come at you from all angles. The love, heartbreak and passion all flourish with the accompaniment of an uplifting and powerful rendition and creation of Moon River; a song which emotion is only matched by…
It's been about 24hrs, (give or take) since Babette's Feast started to unfold in front of my eyes for the first time. Almost a full day. I gave it time to resonate, because my initial impressions seemed quite low for a film with such an impressive stature. Yet, here we are, a full day later, and I still feel completely indifferent with a general sense of disappointment and lack of excitement.
Sure, I'm far from saying I disliked it, but…
What happens when you cross every single line imaginable whilst making Dogtooth look like a film that could be shown on a kid’s network? Well my friends, you get Kim Ki-duk’s ”Moebius”.
Not only is Moebius an incredibly gruesome black comedy, it also features a trait that comes hand in hand with Ki-duk; very little dialogue. In this case, there is completely none. Not only is that an appraisable accomplishment within itself, it isn't even noticeable within the context of…
Don’t judge me.
I can’t quite remember exactly what lured me into watching another hangover film, but none the less, by some form of drugging or sabotage, it happened. I’m really not sure what I was expecting other than the same crap depicted in its predecessor. The script writers really had it easy when all they had to do was replace Las Vegas with Thailand. Oh and add in a monkey. Oh wait… no they just replaced the baby.
How can you not get romantic about baseball?
Moneyball is Bennett Miller’s Bio Drama depicting Billy Beane, a young superstar athlete turned GM after his baseball career ends before it even began. Later, Beane ends up managing the Oakland A’s, and must turn them into a winning team for a fraction of the cost.
Whenever a film claims to be non-fiction, or biographical, I try and make an effort to study the original material to compare how the story was…
12 Years a Slave is Steve McQueen’s 3rd feature film, which depicts ‘Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, who is abducted and sold into slavery in the pre-Civil War United States.’
Although I've only seen one previous work from McQueen, (Hunger) I can still get a strong sense of his directorial style as it was heavily present in both films. He likes to give the audience a raw and detailed account into a person’s…
Flight is much like the plane from the film.
It starts out strong, built well, and generally felt fairly sturdy. The writing starts out strong with instant character development exposing the attitude and traits of the captain who has just woken up from a night of party filled fun. The dialogue is snappy and believable, yet doesn't get repetitive.
The Plane takes off.
We are ultimately headed in an upwards direction. The film keeps getting better and better. However,…
I already have a more lengthy and detailed review on Letterboxd that you can check out here
Chungking Express is the ultimate pick me up. It’s light, heartwarming, and a brilliant story filled with love, heartbreak and new discoveries. Wong Kar-Wai displays the essence of relationships and how with all new people, comes new ways of coping with love and heartbreak. As I, among many others have stated, WKW produces with all his films, the everlasting theme of universal connection.…
If life had four seasons, my first 40 years would be spring. (Ip Man)
Much like Ip Man, The Grandmaster is made up of seasons. Seasons which evolve and transform over the course of 108 minutes to form the ideal memoir of spring, summer, fall, and winter. Is there ever a clear distinction when a moment in time is spring? Can we understand that this is the ideal moment of bliss which we might never experience again? How do we…