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The Recipe for a Perfect Film: Ernst Lubitsch’s <em>To Be or Not to Be</em>
DVD/Blu-ray / The Classics

The Recipe for a Perfect Film: Ernst Lubitsch’s To Be or Not to Be

Throughout the studio era of Hollywood, classic films were generally limited by the tight constraints of the Production Code. Married couples couldn’t share a bed, kisses were light pecks interspersed with completely unrelated, unsexy conversation, and politically subversive material was absolutely not tolerated. While numerous directors were forced to make artistic concessions (either by the … Continue reading

The Story of Film: An Odyssey – Chapter 8: “New Waves – Sweep Around the World (1965-1969)”
Film / The Story of Film

The Story of Film: An Odyssey – Chapter 8: “New Waves – Sweep Around the World (1965-1969)”

Here at The Moviola, we will be covering Mark Cousins’ 15-part documentary The Story of Film: An Odyssey every week, providing you with an overview of each episode of The Story of Film as well as a closer look at some of the accompanying movies set to air on TCM. Today, we examine the eighth installment, “New … Continue reading

Dream On: How <em>The Social Network</em> and <em>Spring Breakers</em> Define Generation Y and the New American Dream
Film / Opinion

Dream On: How The Social Network and Spring Breakers Define Generation Y and the New American Dream

I am going to make a pre-emptive statement, perhaps a pre-mature one at that: Spring Breakers is as “definitive” of “my generation” as The Social Network is. Both of them are keyed into a group of people defined so by their social context that you could not tell the exact same story with the same … Continue reading

<em>The Story of Film: An Odyssey</em>– Chapter 7: “The Shock of the New – Modern Filmmaking in Western Europe (1957-1964)”
The Story of Film

The Story of Film: An Odyssey– Chapter 7: “The Shock of the New – Modern Filmmaking in Western Europe (1957-1964)”

Here at The Moviola, we will be covering Mark Cousins’ 15-part documentary The Story of Film: An Odyssey every week, providing you with an overview of each episode of The Story of Film as well as a closer look at some of the accompanying movies set to air on TCM. Today, we examine the seventh installment, “The … Continue reading

Reinforcing the Norm: Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s <em>Don Jon</em>
Film / Film Reviews / New Releases

Reinforcing the Norm: Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Don Jon

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a very busy man: he is an accomplished actor and runs the production company hitREcord. A majority of the female population would also argue his being attractive as a full-time job. Now Gordon-Levitt as added the jobs of writer and director in his romantic comedy Don Jon. The film follows Jon, (Gordon-Levitt), … Continue reading

<em>The Story of Film:  An Odyssey</em> Chapter 6:  “The Swollen Story – World Cinema Bursting at the Seams (1953-1957)”
Film / Reviews / The Story of Film

The Story of Film: An Odyssey Chapter 6: “The Swollen Story – World Cinema Bursting at the Seams (1953-1957)”

One of the great pleasures of Mark Cousins’s epic visual essay The Story of Film:  An Odyssey (2012) is that I always come away with a list of five to ten movies I have yet to see.  Cousins’s series is not concerned with re-telling cinephiles the often told stories of cinematic history.  It’s more idiosyncratic and advanced … Continue reading