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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)

Let the Right One In (2008)

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Young vampire love is all the rage now thanks to some book called Twilight. Teenaged vampires in particular are hot (no, I’m not talking about Robert Pattinson) because vampirism works well as a representation of the awkwardness of going through adolescence. Both stay up late, are broody and suck–a lot. But what about a vampire love story with a couple of prepubescent kids? We’ve had everything from stiff old vampires to young, sexy coed vampires but where are the kid vampires? Continue reading Let the Right One In (2008)