Don’t Breathe is a film which doesn’t have a lot of dialogue. However, the characters are extremely interesting and without saying much the film tells you a lot about them. Take the old blind man for example. Through the dialogue of the film we find out he’s a vet who lost his sight in a war. We’re also given much more information about him through … Continue reading Exposition: Doing it Right.
Some would argue that directing is one of the most important roles in the making of a film. Ultimately it’s up for debate due to the fact that certain producers and production companies end up running the directors and the writers as they wish. Companies like Disney are used as examples of production taking over a projects. Just look at the amount of good directors … Continue reading What Makes a Great Director
Who’s the most important person in the making of a film? This is a question which a co-worker and friend asked me about a year ago. It’s a hard question to answer, and if asked a years ago, I would’ve said the director (as I clearly remember arguing my point debating with my friend for about two hours). However, after having multiple debates with friends … Continue reading Filmmaking: A body of Work
Riggan: “No! I’m not finished! There’s nothing here about technique! There’s nothing in here about structure! There’s nothing in here about intentions! It’s just a bunch of crappy opinions, backed up by even crappier comparisons. This doesn’t cost you anything! The fuck! you risk nothing!” One of the my favorite scenes of Birdman, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, is the bar scene, in … Continue reading The Critic Paradox: Why I’ll Never Write a Review Again.
Pick up a DVD or BD copy of any film you own by Guillermo Del Toro. Now go to the special features. It most likely doesn’t matter which film it is: You will find a special feature called “Director’s Notebook” in which Del Toro gives you a peak into his book, in which he notes every single detail he had in mind for specific characters … Continue reading Film in Color: Del Toro and Others
Well hello again!! I am sorry for my absence in the last week. My hiatus was due to my new job. It seems due to a drastic change in work hours, I might be reduced to writing randomly once a week, whenever I can. Regardless, I will continue posting whenever I can since I’ve grown fond of writing and talking with the people that follow … Continue reading Requiem For a Dream: The Passage of Time
I love when films start off with characters who are fully developed, and throw you in the middle of a conflict. Quentin Tarantino is a master of this. That great flashback that reveals how everything happened to bring the character to where they are in the beginning of the story is one of his motifs. This, or the lack of this in a way, … Continue reading The Drop: How Appearances Deceive
If you missed part 1 of this article, from the point of view of Andrew Laeddis here’s a link to it. And here’s the introduction. For the second time, there’s a bunch of spoilers coming your way! If you haven’t watched this film, I suggest you do before you read part 1 and this. Shutter island is a very open ended film. so for the … Continue reading Shutter Island: Teddy Daniels (Part 2 of 2)
Just in case you didn’t read the intro, here’s a link. if you have already read this one, here’s Part 2, from the point of view of Teddy Daniels. And again,this post is basically entirely one BIG Spoiler. so…spoiler alert. Shutter island is a very open ended film. for the sake of keeping our sanity let’s set some ground rules. I will refrain from calling DiCaprio’s character Teddy … Continue reading Shutter Island: Andrew Laeddis (Part 1 of 2)
Certain movies stay with you long after you have leave the cinema. When a movie is done right, the director’s vision is so vivid that when sitting in the theater, you become Alice looking into a rabbit hole. It’s an incredible feeling, and one that undoubtedly makes you want to watch the film again (just ask the people that watched the Star Wars when it … Continue reading Shutter Island: Two Movies for the Price of One