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  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★½

    Shot with a spectral elegance and boasting finely controlled performances, Phantom Thread is as meticulous and demanding as its central clothier. While its loping structure resembles that of The Master, those looking for another expansive historical tragedy from director P.T. Anderson will leave disappointed. There's a more private intricacy at work here, one that shows a keen eye for the moods and rhythms of two frustratingly obdurate people who choose to be together. Few contemporary films portray romantic relationships as the process of people building their lives together, but there are gestures in Phantom Thread that show the small significance of this process.

  • Donkey Skin

    Donkey Skin

    ★★★½

    So how long do you think it took some poor assistant to paint all those horses?

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    Man with a Movie Camera

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    Week 5 – Movement – Russian Montage (1923-1934)

    Russian montage is possibly the most intimidating topic on the whole FSDO curriculum. As difficult as the other subjects can be, they mostly fall within the bounds of commercial cinema. Sure, No Wave and French New Wave filmmakers may attempt to confound viewers and subvert their expectations, but many of them still wouldn’t be classified as outright avant-gardists.

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  • Little Caesar

    Little Caesar

    FILM SCHOOL DROP OUTS WEEKLY CHALLENGE 2017

    Week 8 – Genre – Crime – Pre-Code Gangster Movie

    The Motion Picture Production Code opens with a few general principles. Many are purposefully vague. “Correct standards of life” are to be respected, the law “shall not be ridiculed,” and in its particular applications, murder must be portrayed in a vague manner that “will not inspire imitation.” But this first item on the list may be the most telling. It reads, “No picture…