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  • Nosferatu

    Nosferatu

    ★★★★

    FILMSCHOOL DROPOUTS - WEEK 2 - GENRE - HORROR - SILENT HORROR (1913-1928)

    You can see why Murnau's 'Nosferatu' is considered a staple in the history of cinema. The ease with which it sheds its skin from a melodrama of often comedic proportions, to reveal the much darker, sinister tale that you would expect from a vampiric story is incredibly impressive. There are certain images which are truly haunting, and the folklore structure acts to convey a certain quality which feels so eerie throughout.

  • Stan & Ollie

    Stan & Ollie

    ★★★

    I'm not too familiar at all with the works of Laurel & Hardy, but I did really enjoy this. It isn't so much an homage to the works of the comedy duo as it is to a more general bygone era of entertainment. The first act does stretch too far into pastiche territory, but once 'Stan & Ollie' gets going, the performances of Coogan and Reilly move it along with a sense of warmth in their charming portrayal of friendship.

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  • Pandora's Box

    Pandora's Box

    ★★★½

    FILM SCHOOL DROPOUTS - WEEK 1 - ACTOR - LOUISE BROOKS
    (I'm a bit behind due to assignment deadlines, but I should definitely be back on track by the end of week 3)

    Ahead of its time thematically, and the actual scale and structure of its story is handled impressively though the silent medium. But the real takeaway from 'Pandora's Box' is Brooks' central performance as Lulu. Each of her movements is balletic, and it is her presence that brings all the dimensions of the film together. Whether the tone is comedic or tragic, it is all controlled by her magnetic performance.

  • mother!

    mother!

    ★★★★★

    I have to say that 'Mother!' is one of the most incredible experiences that I've ever had in a cinema. Part biblical journey, part allegory for a world in decline, the message of the film is different to every viewer, and this is why I feel that it has been so polarising in terms of reviews. The intensity and sheer amount of the close-up shots which surround Jennifer Lawrence's character of "Mother" really allow you to note her skill as…