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

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

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

<em>The Story of Film: An Odyssey</em> Chapter 5: “The Devastation of War…And a New Movie Language (1939-1952)”
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The Story of Film: An Odyssey Chapter 5: “The Devastation of War…And a New Movie Language (1939-1952)”

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 fifth installment, “The … Continue reading

Leaving the Lights On…Permanently: <em>The Strangers</em>
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Leaving the Lights On…Permanently: The Strangers

This post is part of The Moviola’s Friday column The Moviola Horror Corner, hosted by Meaghan Clohessy Audiences look for the safety nets in horror films. The use of daylight, heightened musical tones, and telling dialogue has all been used to warn of impending dangers. This way, audiences have a system of defense against the … Continue reading