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  • High and Low

    High and Low

    Meticulous, and so air-tight, but simultaneously morally ambiguous, and so wide open, High and Low is a tremendous journey film about sacrifice and meaning. In such, this film is constantly asking its characters what they are willing to sacrifice (what they should sacrifice) and why. There is then a constant conflict between personal security - material, physical and psychological - and transcendent harmony - a sense of security that we can only feel when we are sure we are following…

  • The Warriors

    The Warriors

    The Warriors is a movie about the fall of an anarchist state leading to the dissolution of corrupt and malevolent childishness in a persecuted gang and the consequential forming of genuine relationships within it. There is then a strange sense of romance and naivety embedded into this film that leaves it an allegory about the coming of age of troublesome city kids caught up in urban chaos; from industrial darkness, they see light and manage to survive another day in…

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  • Amélie


    I've decided to finally talk about one of my all-time favorite films: Amélie. I've wanted to cover this film for a long time, but have always held back as I actually don't know what I'd have to say about it.

    When I usually cover a film I take an approach that defines 'film theory and criticism' as 'the art of evaluation and re-articulation'. This essentially means that you judge a film as good or bad. In connection and sometimes in…

  • Spider-Man 2

    Spider-Man 2

    This is an awesome movie - the second best or maybe the best superhero film ever made (second to, or just beating out, the first Spiderman). There are a plethora of things that make this movie great, all of which come together as a perfect showcase of an epic melodrama. To start we have to look at Raimi's direction: utter genius. Spiderman 2 is, in my view, Raimi's Goodfellas. Whilst Spiderman isn't as polished and squeaky clean as Scorsese's mob…