Sherlock Jr. (1924)

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Buster Keaton is one of the pillars of the comedic silent era, so much so that there is a long running debate between movie buffs over which is better: Buster Keaton or Charlie Chaplin. Both possess physical flair and hilarious dramas but that’s about where the similarities end. For instance, Keaton has a tendency to make the comedic elements spectacular, elevating itself beyond the narrative. Sherlock Jr. is a prime example of Keaton’s flamboyant tendency. Continue reading Sherlock Jr. (1924)

The Double Life of Veronique (1991)

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What is a film? Put in its simplest terms it’s a string of images played back at high speeds that uniformly convey something to its audience. This often takes the form of a narrative in which the actions of the film perpetuate pacing and follow a narrative arc. Other times these images are used to convey some sort of truth about the human condition as fictional people simulate situations. It doesn’t matter what kind of film, every film uses its images to convey something. Therefore, when looking at any film it’s worth dissecting these images, whether from a technical, artistic or ideological angle. Continue reading The Double Life of Veronique (1991)

Jennifer’s Body (2009)

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Going into Jennifer’s Body I expect a horror flick about the sexual appetite of a female in high-school. And if you want to judge on that simple thematic plane that’s essentially what I saw. In that way the film doesn’t have anything particularly profound to say. By being so blatantly obvious and lacking any further depth, the film fails as a satire, possibly even as a comedy. So what’s left? Luckily, the film has a few cards up its sleeves and some nice surprises along the way. Continue reading Jennifer’s Body (2009)

Alien (1979)

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Alien shouldn’t be as good as it is. On the page the film is a standard monster flick that fails to be anything more than a b-movie. It follows the conventions of the horror genre and doesn’t have anything compelling or fascinating. The reason why Alien works is because the look of the film is crafted and captured like a serious sci-fi picture. It’s an exercise in style and one that pays off. Continue reading Alien (1979)

Persona (1967)

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Being a film buff I get accused of several things often. Being a highly opinionated person I am most commonly accused of being a movie hater because I don’t like most popular films. I also get accuse of having strange tastes (which is 100% true). But the most oft repeated one is that I like pretentious movies. The truth is that calling any film pretentious presumes your subjective reaction of a film is objective truth. To someone who predominantly watches American films something like Three Colors: Blue might seem to be some pretentious French film. In reality every element of the film serves the psychological nature of the character and furthers the plot. To me, someone like David Lynch essentially just creates a mood out of disjointed and unrelated sequences, using heavy-handed techniques to convey simple ideas yet to others he’s a brilliant visionary who throws off the oppressive shackles of traditional storytelling. Continue reading Persona (1967)

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