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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)

Mon oncle (1958)

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The primary goal of the average joke in the average comedy is to make you laugh.  Sometimes there are secondary goals, such as fleshing out a character or pushing along the plot, but most of the times the jokes are just for kicks. There’s nothing wrong with humor for humor’s sake, but the great comedies are the ones that have something both beyond and within the jokes. Continue reading Mon oncle (1958)