Movie Review: Casablanca

The 1942 film Casablanca is beloved by millions. With its achingly romantic setting in 1940s Morocco, the nostalgic, smoke-filled den of Rick’s Cafè Amèricain, and the tragic love story between Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) and Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman), the film’s lasting legacy gives weight to the idea that "yes, they really don’t make them … Continue reading Movie Review: Casablanca

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Movie Review: Graceland

Violence against children is a taboo rarely violated by mainstream cinema. Kids are often perceived as innocents in conflicts often waged by adults, but most movies avoid placing children in any active danger. Besides, is there ever a good reason for actors to simulate child abuse? But films aren’t only meant to provide entertainment; they … Continue reading Movie Review: Graceland

Movie Review: The Skin I Live In

Pedro Almodovar’s The Skin I Live In (2011) begins as an effective thriller, akin to David Cronenberg’s own entries into the body-horror genre of the 1980s. We are introduced to an odd Spanish family: Robert Ledgard (Antonio Banderas), a brilliant doctor who has been working on artificial skin, and is driven by the tragic death … Continue reading Movie Review: The Skin I Live In

Movie Review: Gravity

Gravity, Director Alfonso Cuaron’s follow-up to his 2006 sci-fi masterpiece Children of Men, at times feels more like an amusement park ride than movie; often sending audiences careening and tumbling through deep space, the film allows only small moments of rest before starting all over again. Those expecting a more thorough exploration of space travel … Continue reading Movie Review: Gravity

2001: An Odyssey of Tools

Ambiguity can be the enemy of comprehension, but artistry can override this. The movie 2001: A Space Odyssey is a great example of this. Depending on who you ask, 2001 is either an ambitious piece of cinema or a dull, incomprehensible film. Critical analysis of Stanley Kubrick's space-age epic will often come up with creative … Continue reading 2001: An Odyssey of Tools

Medium-Shaped Stories, Part 2 – Film

This week, I’m looking at the medium of film. Movies, TV shows, Youtube videos, anything that can be watched by others--how does this provide a different way of storytelling from books and games? The biggest distinguishing feature about film is that it’s all about showing, not telling. Sure, you can have a narrator, to a … Continue reading Medium-Shaped Stories, Part 2 – Film