Back in 2002, Robin Williams lobbed three dark performance hand grenades, the most powerful of which was One Hour Photo. What was so compelling about Photo was not only Williams’ ability to channel a character who was simultaneously repulsive, pitiable, and menacing (Anthony Perkins anyone?), but director Mark Romanek’s stark photography. His shots still remain burned into my cerebral celluloid and his work with Never Let Me Go reveals the same beauty, but doesn’t quite carry the same human vitality. Continue reading
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Tagged Andrew Garfield, Carey Mulligan, Drama, Film, Keira Knightley, Mark Romanek, Movie, Never Let me Go, One Hour Photo, Period Piece, Sci-Fi
In Danse Macabre, Stephen King says there are three types of horror: terror, horror, and revulsion/disgust. The first is psychological, the second terrifying based on sight, and the third a horror stemming from a reaction to grotesqueries. With most horror films playing into straight horror (“Look at that freaky monster!”), I thought I’d suggest some stories that fit the “terror”category–things that keep your brain churning as you try to sleep…. Continue reading
The Fountain and Sunshine are two films that tend to receive some of the most vitriolic commentary, eliciting praise or hate. What they also have in common is their mutual exploration of what it means to die: Sunshine, “We’re all stardust” and The Fountain, “Death is the road to awe.” Clint Eastwood isn’t having any of that shit though: in Hereafter, death leads to romantic comedy vapidity. Continue reading
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Tagged Afterlife, cliche, Clint Eastwood, Death, Drama, Faith, Hereafter, Matt Damon, Religion, romantic comedy, Sunshine, The Fountain
Much to my dismay, there are people who don’t like Quentin Tarantino’s masterpiece Pulp Fiction. Among cinema fans you’d be harder pressed to find such sentiments, but out in the wider world such antipathy is surprisingly common.
When one of my undergrad classes watched the film, about half the class didn’t like it. The most oft-repeated complaints: the copious amounts of swearing and violence. I don’t know the religious affiliations of my disappointed classmates, but several people I’ve been speaking to recently, specifically Christians, have commented along similar lines. The thing that is so mystifying to me is why they would hate a film with such strong Christian themes. Continue reading
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Tagged analysis, Christianity, Commentary, Drama, Film, Forgiveness, Pulp Fiction, Quentin Tarantino, swearing, Theology, violence
The first films ever made were single reels of a recorded event. A boat rocking in the ocean as the sun set; a baby eating between smiling parents. These were soon followed by the fantastic special effects of the Méliès films and the daring do’s of Buster Keaton. The work of the Jackass team is working within parameters strangely reminiscent of early cinema- but with much more mean spiritedness and fecal matter. Continue reading
There has already been a teaser trailer for 127 Hours, so this is the first full length trailer. I would like to persuade you though: if you’re a die-hard Boyle fan, just wait to see the film. If you’re genuinely curious about the film, go right ahead. I just feel that trailers give too much and there’s something to be said for going into a movie mostly blind. It’ll feel fresher if you haven’t already seen it on a tiny laptop screen a month ago.