Roman Polanski’s <em>Knife in the Water</em>: Triangles to the Nth Degree
Film / Film Reviews / The Classics

Roman Polanski’s Knife in the Water: Triangles to the Nth Degree

The motif of triangles in Roman Polanski’s Knife in the Water… Gah! Who am I kidding? If anyone tried to write on the literal and figurative triangles in this film, they’d wind up in the madhouse with printed-out screenshots plastered all over their cell walls and tiny red threads lacing even madder triangles together. Suffice it … 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

DVD Review: <em>Kitty Foyle</em>(1940) from Warner Archive
DVD/Blu-ray / Film / The Classics

DVD Review: Kitty Foyle(1940) from Warner Archive

Kitty Foyle (Ginger Rogers)–a working-class girl born and raised in Philadelphia, where the lines between the classes are distinctly drawn and adhered to rigidly–does the unthinkable: she falls in love with a “Main Line” boy, Wyn Strafford (Dennis Morgan), for whom she works as a typist. Though Wyn loves her in return, he faces immense pressure from … 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

Anthony Mann’s <em>The Tin Star</em> (1957)
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Anthony Mann’s The Tin Star (1957)

Deep vistas. Narrow minds. That’s the visual and thematic takeaway from The Tin Star (1957), one of director Anthony Mann’s finest achievements. Bounty Hunter Morg Hickman (Henry Fonda) rides into town with a dead outlaw slung over his horse’s back. From the very first dolly move, as the camera swings around to capture his horse’s slow … Continue reading

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