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  • Oculus 2013

    Watched 12 Apr, 2014

    Flanagan's horrifies the allegorical 'mirror' to convey a despair, mania and uncertainty of one's sanity, especially when one's parental neurosis reveals itself within our own uncertainties (and thus, the fear of becoming our parents).

    While the initial idea is interesting, Flanagan takes much more time than is necessary to set up a comparison between the children's parents and the children themselves, and the parallel narrative developments only reveal an interesting metaphor when the time-period elliptical shifts loose their divides to…

  • The Pied Piper of Hamelin 1986

    Watched 07 Feb, 2014

    In Jiri Barta’s The Pied Piper of Hamelin, Barta has found a means to extend expressionism through textures and forms that are uniquely, and perhaps mainly, suited in his natural approach to animation.

    Where the tale could obviously be told through more conventional live action, Barta takes the opportunity to craft all materials viewed (with the occasional live-action rat), allowing for complete control over the nature of all elements within the mise-en-scene, specifically seen in the way Barta’s tactile building…

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  • Inglourious Basterds 2009

    Watched 25 May, 2012 3

    While this is perhaps not the most interesting (nor masterful) of Tarantino’s works, it does have very interesting, if not expected inter-textuality, yet what does seem to receive little attention are the ways in which he makes subtle statements about war.

    While at the conclusion of the picture it becomes clear Basterds is just as much about the political strategy of the United States during World War II as it is present day. This is clear through the manner by…

  • Psycho 1998

    Watched 28 Aug, 2012

    While most reactions towards this version are dismissive complaints about the purity behind the “shot-for-shot” intentions or the shift in performance, what is uniquely illuminating about Van Sant’s rendition of “Psycho,” lies in what it reveals as instinctive to the formalism of nineties filmmaking.

    What makes Hitchcock’s Psycho so strong are the specific kinds of details that add up to reveal the subtle shifts in thought that guide a person in a direction that is unexpected and an unforeseen result…