Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008)

It’s hard for me to not think of this film in theological terms as it’s a deep stare into the problem of evil. I think there’s even a tiny bit of a framework for it as the family has religious ties and someone even mentions at one point how the events of the film shook their faith. It’s not overt or in your face about those elements, but they’re brewing throughout the film. Continue reading Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008)

Get Out (2017)

“As long as I’m in Polo’s smilin’ they think they got me
But they would try to crack me if they ever see a black me”
-Kanye West (Gorgeous)

Around the time Barack Obama became the first black president in the United States, the term “Obama’s post-racial America” began to get thrown around. I found it unsettling at the time because it was the kind of term people throw around who are the last kind of people who should be making the observation of whether or not America is post-racial. Continue reading Get Out (2017)

Looney Tunes Platinum 1936

Page Miss Glory

The plot of this short film is a loose series of quick gags that don’t have enough setup or punch to be funny. The first thing I noticed is how similar in style this is to the Disney films of the same period. The bellboy looks and emotes a lot like Goofy and there’s a little musical interlude that reminds me a lot of the pacing and rhythm of Disney’s Silly Symphonies. Continue reading Looney Tunes Platinum 1936

Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

The sweeping Waltz 2 of Dimitri Shostakovich plays as Nicole Kidman disrobes, her back to the camera. So it’s going to be that kind of film. And while Eyes Wide Shut is certainly a film dealing a lot about sex and promiscuity, it’s much more of a film about the idea of infidelity and the dark side of lust. Much like A Clockwork Orange, people are quick to label the film the very thing it is not. If anything, Eyes Wide Shut is one of the most potent arguments for monogamy and fidelity. Continue reading Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

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