Man with a Movie Camera (1929)

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When it comes to editing we can pretty much trace back a majority of modern techniques to Soviet Union filmmakers. Crazy Russian minds like Sergi Eisenstein and Vsevolod Pudovkin crafted all kinds of montage theories both in films and in academic papers. But if you want the actual practical techniques for editing, look to Dziga Vertov–the third key Soviet silent filmmaker–and his documentary Man with a Movie Camera. Continue reading Man with a Movie Camera (1929)

Somers Town (2009)

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British Director Shane Meadows is perhaps most well known for his critically acclaimed 2007 film This is England which I thought was mean spirited, crass and illogical. In fact, I didn’t even bother to finish it despite making it a good way into the film. So when I started up Shane Meadows follow-up to This is England I did so with little enthusiasm. I expected something with the same tone as his previous film so I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered Somers Town to be a nice little buddy film. Continue reading Somers Town (2009)

Primer (2004)

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SPOILER ALERT: I strongly advise you watch the film first before reading further.  (It’s on Netflix instant for those who subscribe)

Primer is one of those true indie movies, made for such a ridiculously small amount of money that all that is on display is the quality of the filmmaking and screenwriting.  The man behind it is Shane Carruth, who not only wrote, produced, acted and directed the film but also edited and scored the picture. For a meager $7,000 Shane crafts a simple, mind puzzling, time traveling picture that packs in more depth and geekery in its 77 minute runtime than many a sci-fi picture. Continue reading Primer (2004)

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