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  • Predator

    Predator

    I'm warming up to Predator now that I've had a day to let it sink in. The brutality of its violence within such a genre-dense narrative leaves the whole thing intentionally empty. The indifferent humour of macho-action films and the dwindling group size of horror films is a strange mix, especially within a Science Fiction framework.

    Haven't decided if I'll write about this for my Sci-Fi film class, but I'm interested in how Predator thoroughly deconstructs its genre constructs until…

  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    Male hysteria as a necessary precursor to healthy emotional understanding.

    I like Invasion of the Body Snatchers for a lot of reasons, and none of them have anything to do with formalism. The film tries to recognize the weight and visual draw of the institutions of conformity: cars, and spaces like restaurants, dominate the frame. And the many close-ups allow the emotions of the actors as performers to shine against the dull pod-people. But at its best, the film recalls…

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  • The Birds

    The Birds

    ★★★★

    The Birds: Hitchcock’s film version of the gothic romance, where female hysteria is realized by nature and the shadowy moors of England are replaced with a bright bay of California. The suspense is there, and the performances and direction are all high-grade Hitchcock, but it drags at parts and really, Hitch probably isn’t the best guy to talk about the institutional oppression of women.

    It is a fantastic film: from the brief wolf-whistle at the very start of the film…

  • Nostalgia

    Nostalgia

    ★★★★★

    I have to keep this brief, or else I’ll spend too much time writing about Nostalgia.

    Andrei, Domenico, and Eugenia either completely dominate the frame, speaking and looking head on, or become subjugated by the landscape. It’s as if the camera can only treat them as people in the most intimate of looks: otherwise the camera controls the form. It creates new spaces through tracks and zooms, revealing more architecture, more hallways, more place. Each shots ends somewhere unexpected. Place…