Spielberg Doc: A Man of Sentiment and Spectacle

For better or worse, he will always carry the weight of an awkward, nebbish child-of-divorce raised in Arizona suburbia. And if he ever forgot that feeling, the knowledge of what it feels to be small in the world, the power of his craft would evaporate. Continue reading Spielberg Doc: A Man of Sentiment and Spectacle

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Adapting tone: From Fargo to Fargo

While largely derivative in terms of narrative and character realization, the televised Fargo (season one specifically) pays homage to its cinematic predecessor by faithfully adapting its hyper-stylized cinematography, familiar setting, thematic values, and darkly comedic tone. Continue reading Adapting tone: From Fargo to Fargo

Library Finds: “The Lobster,” “Star Trek Beyond,” “Girl on the Train”

Like the characters, the film hides its theatrics and swaps them for quiet actions. Even the violence, of which there is plenty, feels cold and distant. There have been few films I’ve seen where the tone, acting, cinematography, sound, and story work so well in tandem as they do in The Lobster. Continue reading Library Finds: “The Lobster,” “Star Trek Beyond,” “Girl on the Train”