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  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Rogue One has definitely found a successful way in which to transpose cinema with CosPlay, where there is essentially a ‘shell’ of narrative, yet without the necessity for it’s functioning.

    This shell is capable of stunning the eyes due to it’s near-accuracy in visual simulation, where the specificity and care that was once afforded narrative and story is taken over by texture. Within this CosPlay ‘shell’ becomes less the traditional functionings of narrative and story engagement, and instead engages in…

  • Night Moves

    Night Moves

    As the motor boat moves closer towards its targeted position, we observe a semi-balanced image of the dam’s surrounding lit-wall. This wall spreads across each side of the frame to be divided by an opening that reveals a two-dimensional darkness beyond it. This is a strikingly articulate metaphor that seems to visually evoke the space in which Jesse Eisenberg’s Josh lives. Josh is centralized in the issue and his eco-beliefs, yet invisible due to the more apparently attracting elements that…

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  • Inglourious Basterds

    Inglourious Basterds

    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

    Psycho

    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…