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Frank Borzage’s 1930 adaptation of the Hungarian play Liliom is less notable than two other adaptations of the same material. The 1934 adaptation of Liliom was directed by Fritz Lang, one of the great German Expressionism directors who is more well known than Borzage. Liliom would later ba adapted into the stage musical Carousel by Rodgers and Hammerstein, which would be adapted into a feature film in 1956. Continue reading Liliom (1930)
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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“The butterfly represents the talent, the thoughtfulness, and the beauty within the caterpillar. But having a harsh outlook on life, the caterpillar sees the butterfly as weak and figures out a way to pimp it to his own benefits…Finally free, the butterfly sheds light on situations that the caterpillar never considered, ending the internal struggle. Although the butterfly and caterpillar are completely different, they are one and the same.” -Kendrick Lamar (Mortal Man) Continue reading La La Land (2016)
As racial tensions flare up again in America, Loving is certainly a timely film. However, it never finds a solid focus. At first a romance, then a biopic, then a historical drama, Loving suffers from an identity crisis. Any one of these would make for a decent film, but smushed together they result in a film that is average at best. Continue reading Loving (2016)
The Handmaiden might be the most immaculately crafted film of 2016. Director Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, Lady Vengeance, Thirst) always had a flair for the cinematic, but these films were often hard to find beautiful because of the violent subject matter. However, shifting his craft to a period drama, his visual style sings. Continue reading The Handmaiden (2016)