<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

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

Film Review: <em>Prisoners </em> (2013)
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Film Review: Prisoners  (2013)

When early Telluride Film Festival reactions hit the web, Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners (2012) was frequently compared to David Fincher’s opus Zodiac (2007).  Like Zodiac, Prisoners is about an obsessive search for a criminal.  Like Zodiac, Prisoners stars Jake Gyllenhaal as one of its obsessive investigators – one who just happens to have the symbols of the zodiac tattooed on his knuckles.  Yet, to compare the … Continue reading

DVD Review: Boris Karloff in Peter Bogdanovich’s TARGETS (1968)
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DVD Review: Boris Karloff in Peter Bogdanovich’s TARGETS (1968)

Peter Bogdanovich is the closest the American cinema has gotten to having a Jean-Luc Godard or François Truffaut figure:  a hybrid of film critic and filmmaker.  After writing books on directors such as John Ford, Orson Welles, and Alfred Hitchcock, Bogdanovich moved to Los Angeles and began working for Roger Corman.  The bargain basement producer … Continue reading

Blu-Ray Review: THE DRIVER
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Blu-Ray Review: THE DRIVER

Walter Hill’s The Driver (1978) is the spiritual predecessor to Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive (2011).  Both are minimalist neo-noir thrillers about unnamed anti-heroes who are solely defined by their professions as getaway drivers.  Both use their stripped down plots and vaguely defined characters to house formalist engines that are fueled by the films of the great Jean-Pierre Melville.  Yet, … Continue reading

Film Review: Computer Chess
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Film Review: Computer Chess

Computer Chess is the latest film from Mumblecore director Andrew Bujalski, a semi-mockumentary (more about that later) about 80s computer programmers striving to create the ultimate chess program, shot on 80s era video equipment.  Despite its narrative and formal hook however, the film comes across more as a ninety minute novelty than a satire on the … Continue reading