Historian by trade, currently a researcher for IATSE Local 600. You can follow all my writing here.
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The whole secret premise of Independence Day: Resurgence was to actually use it to set up what Roland Emmerich clearly wanted to make: a giant space opera where humans joined one side of an intergalactic war. Obviously that didn't work out, in part because Resurgence was one of the worst pieces of garbage in recent memory. Since that he did Midway, which was also a passion project of sorts and put him in touch with Chinese investors that contributed here.…
A green Sprite bottle, given almost a mythical introduction in a frenetic monologue, slips out of the hand of a character and roles into a puddle of water. The camera, finally imparted from its intense close-ups to a God's eye long shot, lingers just for a second as it rolls into a puddle where it could be misconceived as trash. An object of everyday life that has been signified with narrative agency (A MacGuffin up there with the Arc of…
I could talk about how this film's structure finally achieves the blissful melancholy that has been at the heart of all of Wes Anderson's films. I could talk about the precision of his framing and tracking shots, and how often he finds visual comedy through a perfect edit, or the slight entrance of new material into the frame. I could talk about how depressing the film is, the hints of both a traumatizing past, and that in a way, Sam…