Category Reviews

Post Tenenbras Lux

Carlos Reygadas’s  Post Tenebras Lux is an incredible film full of both visual beauty and ugliness. It had been awhile since a film has transported me to a world so interesting, complicated, and thought provoking. It reminded me how, through the use of sight and sound, cinema is able to reflect the world in all […]

Exploring 12 Years a Slave: A Review Round-Up

12 Years a Slave is the best film I’ve thus far in 2013. It is the third film from British filmmaker Steve McQueen who continues to be one of the most talented directors living today. His knack for powerful framing and camera movement that reflects the nature of the scene is uncanny. He’s also unique […]

Where I’ve Been

If anyone takes a look at my blog they will notice that in between February and May there was a rather significant dead period on the blog. This is due to many contributing factors. First being that I was busy with the worst semester of my life. Second being that I was writing a lot […]

Sundance Film Festival Round-Up #3

Fruitvale Fruitvale was the winner of both the Grand Jury Prize and audience award this year at the Sundance Film Festival. It is easy to understand why. Fruitvale (based the tragedy of Oscar Grant) is an emotionally wrought journey that gives the viewer a look into the life of Oscar on the final day of […]

Django Unchained & The Male Gaze

“The magic of Hollywood is its skilled and satisfying manipulation of visual pleasure…in a world ordered by sexual imbalance, pleasure in looking has been split between active/male and passive/female.” -Laura Mulvey Quentin Tarantino is a master of the cinematic art form. For the past twenty-two years he has surprised, challenged, and entertained audiences and critics […]

How Do We Respond to Violence: Thoughts on The Dark Knight Trilogy

“I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.” Mahatma Gandhi “In defense of our persons and properties under actual violation, we took up arms. When that violence shall be removed, when hostilities shall cease on the part of the aggressors, hostilities […]

An Eye Opening Documentary: Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present

I paused the film, only five minutes in.  My father turned to me with a confused look on his face. “Andy, how is this art?” I ensured him not to worry, that he would soon understand.  In fact this documentary is about exploring both the meaning behind and the power of performance art. “All right, […]