Category Archives: Film Form And Style

Film History Is Not Your Bitch, History

As should be pretty apparent given the number of times I ruminate on things like Spartacus and Game of Thrones, I love historical fiction.  But beyond its own charms, historical fiction has the virtue of being a gateway drug for more rigorous historical study … Continue reading

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Spy Shit: How Die Hard Chose Franchise Over Film

A Good Day To Die Hard has the distinction to be the first entry into the franchise in a while that was originally written as a Die Hard movie – if it seemed weird to you that John McClane was flipping cars … Continue reading

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Ten Things About Film

10. Film is a purposeful manipulation of space and time. At least a part of its appeal is that film allows us to see a world in a way that need not be bounded by the constraints of human vision or earth physics. … Continue reading

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Conversations About Dead People: Les Mis And How Not To Use Cinematography

Olivia de Havilland: what were your thoughts on Les Mis, if you don’t mind my asking Ida Lupino: they were these, in this order: HOLD THE DAMN CAMERA STILL, Tom Hooper you are the worst director and you don’t understand musicals. OH MY … Continue reading

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2012: A Mid-Shelf Import Beer For Movies

May we be so lucky for the Hollywood Films of 2013 to build on those of 2012. We’ve enjoyed breakthrough indie efforts from auteurs old and new, vindication of the Marvel juggernaut, the first truly wild Oscar race in a … Continue reading

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