Beautiful backgrounds are a staple of director Hayao Miyazaki’s animated features. Whether depicting a whimsical European village, a massive traditional bathhouse complex populated by ghosts, or a rainy bus stop in suburban Tokyo, they come to the fore in the quiet moments for which this director is also deservedly celebrated.[...]
When I first got into film criticism and was finally in a college town with a decent used bookshop, Siegfried Kracauer’s From Caligari to Hitler: A Psychological History of the German Film was in that first huge batch of books I bought to place on my shelf. I had just watched The Cabinet of Dr.[...]
The internet is full of people who don’t understand David Lynch movies: some ask for appreciation assistance on Quora, others defend their distaste on Reddit, and others still simply declare both the filmmaker and his fans a lost cause.[...]
Watch with caution if you’re sensitive to flashing lights and fast moving images.
Stanley Kubrick films take a while to unpack. Watch his A Clockwork Orange once, you’ll see one thing. Watch it again, you’ll notice details you didn’t get the first time. Ditto the third time, and beyond.
America has specialized in both the beautiful and the terrible, inspiring awe of every positive and negative variety.[...]
Even though Jean-Luc Godard turned 86 this past Saturday, cinema scholar David Bordwell would no doubt still call him “the youngest filmmaker at work today” — as he did just two years ago, in an essay on Godard’s most recent picture Goodbye to Language.[...]
Blade Runner came out in June 1982. Microsoft’s Paint came out in November 1985. Little could the designers of that rebranded version of ZSoft’s PC Paintbrush packaged in with Windows 1.0 know that the paths of their humble graphics application and that elaborate sci-fi cinematic vision would cross just over 30 years later.[...]
As each semester in my film course rolls around, it’s more and more apparent how time depletes the pop culture currency of those directors who did not make it into the 21st Century. A knowledge of Stanley Kubrick used to be a given, as was the understanding of what “A Stanley Kubrick Film” meant to film fans.[...]
They say a filmmaker qualifies as an auteur if you can identify their work from any given shot.[...]
Why does the holiday season no longer feel complete without a Wes Anderson movie? Several of his features have opened in late fall or early winter, surely the most Andersonian time of year.[...]