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  • Bob le Flambeur

    Bob le Flambeur

    ★★★

    Jean-Pierre Melville had already been directing for a decade by the time of Bob le flambeur’s release, and yet his fourth feature still feels embryonic: not quite the noir potboiler from which his oeuvre derives, but also not the solemn, existential crime tragedy that he would perfect with Le Samourai. The tone and performances are similarly ambivalent. Not since The Third Man has a genre movie opened with such a mix of jocularity and menace, but Bob can’t nail that…

  • Incredibles 2

    Incredibles 2

    ★★★

    Anthony Lane grew a stiffy over THAT?!

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  • Man with a Movie Camera

    Man with a Movie Camera

    FILM SCHOOL DROP OUTS WEEKLY CHALLENGE 2017
    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.

    Directors like Sergei Eisenstein and Dziga Vertov…

  • 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…