L’argent: Style Without Entertainment

Stylistically there seems no filmmaker so simultaneously simple and complex as Robert Bresson. There is something to be said for intellectually stimulating films of his nature that do not pander to any kind of audience, but rather presents its ideas in a semi-objective way in order that viewers can approach the film thoughtfully, as almost a piece of philosophy or literature.   L’argent, beingContinue reading L’argent: Style Without Entertainment”

The Purpose of Plastic: Toy Story

One of the things I respect so much about the Toy Story franchise is its blend of a cynical viewpoint on the world with the spice of childish allegories. The plastic members of the cast, like children, see how tiny they are in comparison to the great world of scary things out there. They findContinue reading “The Purpose of Plastic: Toy Story

Let Them All Talk About The Past

Like our partially improvised subject today, this personal review will have all its pieces laid out as if on the table in a neat little order that doesn’t make sense at first, and then it will hurriedly wrap itself into a semi-coherent bow. Let’s fast forward past the film a bit. Let Them All TalkContinue reading Let Them All Talk About The Past”

The Trial of the Chicago 7: “We’re gonna try something else.”

Pull up Facebook on your Macs, hold your poker cards close, and get ready to handle the truth, because today we’re going to be talking about an Aaron Sorkin movie. I am currently a student at Columbia College Chicago, which is just off the loop in the city. Now I know being a student atContinue reading The Trial of the Chicago 7: “We’re gonna try something else.””

Society’s Colors in All That Heaven Allows

In the late 1920s and the early 1930s, a new appliance started to move into American homes. Only this was not an appliance with a practical purpose, but an entertaining one. Home television sets have plagued American filmmakers since their inception, and by the 1950s many directors were trying new ways of getting audiences in their seats. Most commonContinue reading “Society’s Colors in All That Heaven Allows

A Technical Review of Repetition in Fritz Lang’s M

As those practicing real estate might repeat their mantra “Location! Location! Location!”, so should filmmakers similarly recite “Repetition! Repetition! Repetition!”. Repetition, similar to location, does not stand on its own. It is not the foundation, nor any part of the structure of the film itself, but when correctly wielded it becomes one of the strongest tools for executing your goals, whetherContinue reading “A Technical Review of Repetition in Fritz Lang’s M

Internal Eternity in I’m Thinking of Ending Things

Charlie Kaufman in his infinite anxiety has blessed us with another interior monologue veiled in film. Wrapped in his own head is the abyss of death and life whose frigid edges gnaw at our unused moments. The man is clearly so scared of getting up in the morning. Someone please check on him. How appropriateContinue reading “Internal Eternity in I’m Thinking of Ending Things