He used to say, sometimes you need to do something bad to stop you from doing something worse.
When it comes to storytelling, there are very few directors who innately possess all the qualities to create an impeccable film. There needs to be beauty, flow, connection, unity, but most importantly…interest. What content - what theme, mood or anecdote - is going to make an audience sit down for 2 hours and do nothing but stare at the screen they sit…
Written for Film History & Criticism Since 1945
Throughout the history of cinema, filmmakers and story tellers alike have had the ability to express an extensive range of anecdotes to a broad audience. Be it as early as Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, or more recently as Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life, filmmakers share and express their own ideologies through celluloid and present their personal creed within the work they have created. What is most imposing about cinema is the ability…
I really wanted to enjoy All is Lost more than I did. Really. Either way, here we go…
Firstly, I’ll start by saying that as a film, it was a disappointment. Not for what it was, but for what it could have been. The idea of survival at sea, or survival anywhere for that matter, has been done countless times before; the depiction of a lone protagonist, playing a game of endurance against the elements; a mind game against…
After a long wait, I finally got the chance to sit down and watch a film that’s been on my watch-list for a while now. Although this first viewing was met with eager anticipation, I was also wary at the possibility of it ending in disdain. That being said, I went in with an open mind, and that really helped.
Blue is the Warmest Color is a mixture of beautiful pacing and captivating performances. Both Léa Seydoux and especially Adèle…
Oscar Nominated Live Action Short 5/5
I had a few issues with this one.
First, with its short 7 minute run-time, the film never really explores anything the audience can take away from it. Even The Voorman Problem which was another nominee (having a 13 minute run-time) managed to pull off a well rounded story and leave the audience thinking. Here, I got neither.
My second issue is the overly simplistic delivery, cinematography, directing and acting. This is something I…
Oscar Nominated Live Action Short 4/5
Simple story, well presented, and my favourite part: not overly dramatic. Just before Losing Everything is a fantastic example of suspense with no drama. Not only that, but the film depicts such real circumstances that it's easy to get lost in it all. With some shorts, it's common to get caught up in the idea of fantasy and fiction. Instead, Xavier Legrand keeps this film down to earth, and in turn, creates a very strong and powerful short film.
Very well done.
Oscar Nominated Live Action Short 3/5
Repulsive, completely gratuitous and utterly infuriating.
How the fuck did this get nominated?
There was no care AT ALL. Everything was so formulaic. The film pretended to create this sympathy for the characters that was never really there because even the filmmakers didn't have it. An annoyingly stupid war film that tries to explore the idea of children in war, and unjustified violence.
Of course the female character was only written in so she could get raped. Of course.
Fuck this film. Fuck it.
Never has a short film pissed me off this much.
Oscar Nominated Live Action Short 2/5
On to my favourite nominated live action of this year, Mark Gill's, The Voorman Problem. Based around a prisoner who believes himself to be a god, this 13 minute short displays the perfect example of a well rounded and fantastically executed story.
Firstly, The Voorman Problem wasn't overly ambitious, and in turn, focused only on a few scenes which never needed to be elaborated on. Instead, the audience was left to form their own…
Oscar Nominated Live Action Short 1/5
Although Helium was well executed, it's visual style could not make up for the fact that Anders Walter's bit off a bit more than he could chew. The story was as well presented as it could have been, especially in the time-frame of a short film, however, the more complicated the subject, the harder it is to make the film feel whole.
Helium ended up being one of the most ambitious projects of all the live action nominees, and although that's admirable in itself, it also ended up being its downfall.
You shall love, whether you like it or not.
There is a light. A flame. A flame that attracts. We can look at this light, admire it, treasure it, but is this attraction blinding us? The inevitability that this flame will soon burn out. Soon the light that illuminates us, that attracts us, will be gone. Once it is, can it ever be re-ignited? Maybe a new flame will take its place. The foundation of this flame, of this old…
Oh my dear love…
Chungking Express is one of those films I can watch over and over and over, and just feel happy. Pure and simple. Any problems melt away, and this amazing connection distinguishes itself. For those 102 minutes, nothing else in the world exists. Nothing else matters. For those 102 minutes, those beautiful and bewildering 102 minutes, everything is replaced with bliss.
Although by no means is Chungking Express a challenging film, that’s not what it’s trying to…