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  • The Halliday Brand

    The Halliday Brand


    Terrific cinematography, deep, theatrical staging and blocking are accentuated with understated, but effusive dolly shots galore. Multiple rules of classic Hollywood are broken, including the happy ending and the standard shot-reverse shot for dialogue. It was striking seeing an entire scene play out with Ward Bond’s patriarch character largely facing away from the camera as he spoke his dialogue to characters facing the direction of the camera. The camera sat tucked in the corner, seemingly on the far side of…

  • Dunkirk



    A pretty remarkable change of pace for Nolan, DUNKIRK reverses an enduring detrimental trend among Christopher Nolan films; an overrealiance on expository dialogue awkwardly charged with clarifying what should be made clear by way of a more coherent and intuitive directorial style. DUNKIRK runs so far away from this trend it seems not unreasonable that it could be watched and appreciated on mute. This would subdue the constantly threatening musical score that often dangles near a crescendo refusing to resolve,…

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  • Sully



    "It's been a while since New York had news this good... especially with an airplane in it."

    Jon Ronson wrote a book titled, "So You've Been Publicly Shamed." It sought to expose a vicious proclivity in the hive mind of indignant masses. While Sully is hardly shamed in the eyes of the public, the same can't be said of the NTSB or the media; inclined as it is to service tension and forge doubt even in those having directly participated…

  • Canyon Passage

    Canyon Passage


    Easily one of the best Westerns I've ever seen, CANYON PASSAGE is elegant, intricate, nuanced and just phenomenally crafted. The writing is as vibrant as the Pacific Northwest colors that embolden the environs. At once masterfully low key and simmering with wanderlust and unrealized romance, CANYON PASSAGE derives much of its drama from questions of an existential nature. What does "home" mean in the era of burgeoning metropolises? Competing theories play out side by side as homesteaders find their "home"…