Review: T2 Trainspotting

Alex Berg March 25, 2017 Choose life. Choose a movie. Choose a sequel. Choose an inexplicable Terminator reference for a title. Choose a mid-life crisis. Choose nostalgia. Choose a half-baked screenplay. Choose style over substance. Choose garish cinematography. Choose terrible remixes of iconic songs. Choose imposing plot on a story that does not require one. Choose tonal inconsistency. Choose wasting a good cast. Choose two … Continue reading Review: T2 Trainspotting

Lars and the Real Girl: The Role of Unreal Girls in Cinema

Deviating a bit from his role as suave, blue-collar Southernern, Noah Calhoun, in the The Notebook, Ryan Gosling strips off his masculine confidence to play agoraphobic Lars in one of his lesser known works, Craig Gillespie’s 2007 film, Lars and The Real Girl. Situated in a rural Midwestern town, Lars lives in sad mediocrity, working a nameless white collar job, and living in the garage … Continue reading Lars and the Real Girl: The Role of Unreal Girls in Cinema

Son of Saul: Defending Irrationality

Nathan Le Master May 21, 2016 Until I saw László Nemes’ Oscar winner, Son of Saul, my favorite Holocaust films were Schindler’s List and Life is Beautiful. In the characters of Oskar Schindler and the fictional Guido, we’re given stories that are tragically sentimental, bearing testimony to the beauty of resistance against an absolutely evil oppressor. Turning on Son of Saul, I anticipated a similar … Continue reading Son of Saul: Defending Irrationality

The Green Inferno: A Critique of Millennials

It’s not news that Americans have a poor reputation abroad. We’re viewed as stupid, naive, and arrogant. Not the best self-image to have. Movies have responded by turning us into a trope. The silly Americans overseas. Think of the fat family in In Bruges. Or worse, National Lampoon’s European Vacation. Or Brian Mill’s daughter in Taken, who can’t seem to not get taken. All of … Continue reading The Green Inferno: A Critique of Millennials

Nightcrawler: A Portrait of an Angelino

Taking place on the streets of LA, Dan Gilroy’s neo-noir film, Nightcrawler, feels germane to the NYC crime movies like Taxi Driver and Mean Streets. But while Scorcese’s films strove to capture the perception and reality of a seedy 1970s New York, Gilroy’s Nightcrawler depicts LA, not as it’s perceived in 2014–with it’s sun-kissed beaches, yoga studios, and Kardashian gaudiness–but as an underworld of blackmail, … Continue reading Nightcrawler: A Portrait of an Angelino

Carol: A Study of Late Bloomers

Coming-of-age usually occurs in adolescence, when preteens and teenagers begin playacting at adulthood, realizing that they have the bodies, minds, and free choices of the elders they once thought were incorruptible. It is at this age that people first experiment with sexuality and drugs, as a kind of protest to the draconian and irrational restrictions placed on them since childhood. The curtain is drawn, the … Continue reading Carol: A Study of Late Bloomers