<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

Review: Ain’t Them Bodies Saints
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Review: Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

In 2005, the band Blood on the Wall released  Awesomer, an album built exclusively upon the nostalgia of early 90s alt-rock. That should sound wonderful and awesome because it is. Listening to that album, you could point gleefully to all your favorite bands they were aping – PJ Harvey, The Pixies, Nirvana, Pavement, Sebadoh. “Oh shit! Oh … Continue reading

Drew’s Best and Worst Films of 2013…So Far
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Drew’s Best and Worst Films of 2013…So Far

1.  Mud Jeff Nichols has – with Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter, and Mud – emerged as one of the most unique voices in contemporary American cinema.  His films, especially SS and Mud, are intensely focused on what it means to be a man in the south and the role violence plays in defining southern masculinity.  Mud focuses on two boys – Ellis and Neckbone … Continue reading

Blu-Ray Review:  Gate of Hell: Criterion Collection
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Blu-Ray Review: Gate of Hell: Criterion Collection

Teinosuke Kinugasa’s colorful (literally – not figuratively) chamber drama Gate of Hell (1953) took home a slew of awards from 1954-1955 from Cannes to the Oscars.  It quickly became one of the most beloved and acclaimed Japanese films of the post-WWII era.  Then, as film scholar Stephen Prince notes in his essay accompanying the new Criterion release … Continue reading

Drew’s Capsule Reviews of Summer 2013 Releases
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Drew’s Capsule Reviews of Summer 2013 Releases

The Bling Ring   A fitting b-side to Spring Breakers (2013), Sofia Coppola’s Bling Ring (2013) is the cinematic equivalent to its criminal protagonists:  beautiful and superficial.  Coppola’s chronicle of a ring of Millennial thieves that stole from the rich (Paris Hilton and Orlando Bloom, amongst many others) and kept for themselves never bothers to reach the … Continue reading