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Daily Archives: December 5, 2015

It’s a black hole. Its job is to consume, and the best you can do is look to the event horizon to admire what hasn’t yet been destroyed. Hollywood wasn’t always this way. They gladly incorporated German expressionist directors into the fold, stirring them with hard-boiled novels to produce film noir, one of the U.S.’s great contributions to the world…. Read more »

05 December 2015 | Features, Film Lists

In film school, students are shown the “classics,” films that have been deemed worthy by academics and the previous generation of filmmakers. It is important for students to watch and analyze these films. However, there are many excellent films left out of conventional film education that can teach and inspire students. Students should be exposed to a wide variety of… Read more »

05 December 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Psychological horror is the horror of the psyche, the cinema of the unquiet mind. Grief, envy, loneliness, anguish, despair, rage, hatred, sorrow, loss: these are just some of the themes ripe for exploration. Photography and settings often reflect the inner lives of their characters; the internal made external. Their characters can be their own worst enemies. Their villains are often… Read more »

05 December 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Ambient cinema has its roots in the modernist cinema of artists such as Michelangelo Antonioni, Andrei Tarkovsky or Yasujiro Ozu. This kind of filmmaking had it’s revival in the work of many postmodern authors at the end of the century. This may have come from the lectures of Ihab Hassan’s on postmodern fiction. His vision of the literature of silence… Read more »

05 December 2015 | Features, Film Lists