Okja: How a CGI Pig is Fighting Corporate Capitalism

Nathan Le Master July 3, 2017 Don’t watch sausages being made if you want to keep sausages in your diet. Don’t watch behind-the-scenes politics, if you really want to know how governments are run. Otto van Bismarck didn’t include capitalism in his cautions, but it’s definitely something that’s best left un-looked at, unless you’re mentally ready for a bit of despairing. And while rolled sausage … Continue reading Okja: How a CGI Pig is Fighting Corporate Capitalism

Luis Buñuel: Exuberant Contradictions

Alex Berg June 30, 2017 “Buñuel nearly always made Buñuel films.” – Ingmar Bergman “Buñuel is the bearer, above all else, of poetic consciousness. He knows that aesthetic structure has no need of manifestos, that the power of art does not lie there but in emotional persuasiveness.” – Andrey Tarkovsky Luis Buñuel is as old as cinema itself. He was an icon of international filmmaking. … Continue reading Luis Buñuel: Exuberant Contradictions

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