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The advent of a New Hollywood: Streaming vs. Moviegoing.

As opposed to the communal experience of the movie theater, spectators have become content with viewing films from the comfort of home theaters. In terms of atmospherics, going to the movies is the equivalent of worship in the church. Actors are the preachers, the dialogue and plot are scripture, the musical score is gospel, and … Continue reading The advent of a New Hollywood: Streaming vs. Moviegoing.

“Sweet Girl” is one of the most outstanding films of 2021.

As an opportunity to crack a plot twist, keen viewers will seize any clue a film director generously provides. In Sweet Girl, the film showcases itself with a theme like films of past, where a man seeks revenge for his family after being heavily wronged. Audiences aren’t expecting a twist within vengeance tropes like this. … Continue reading “Sweet Girl” is one of the most outstanding films of 2021.

Sylvester Stallone’s technical and artistic use of Russian montage in Rocky IV is apropos to the film’s initiative as a story.

Just months shy of the highly anticipated Director’s Cut of Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky IV: Rocky vs. Drago, spectators await to witness the changes undergone in the film’s final cut. In 1985, Rocky IV was a box office smash that blew up with total earnings of $300,473,716 worldwide. Though the film was met with approbation, it … Continue reading Sylvester Stallone’s technical and artistic use of Russian montage in Rocky IV is apropos to the film’s initiative as a story.

Tony Scott & Quentin Tarantino with “True Romance”. That rarity, when two visionaries coincide in art.

In film, it’s often said that the movie is made 3x. First by the writer, second by the director, and a third and final time by the editor. This leaves an unreliable correlation between a script and an edited film. Scenes get added and omitted while actors’ lines originally written get dubbed, and the lines … Continue reading Tony Scott & Quentin Tarantino with “True Romance”. That rarity, when two visionaries coincide in art.

Terry Gilliam’s “The Fisher King” is film as art.

Terry Gilliam’s The Fisher King is film as art. Had Richard LaGravenese’s thought-provoking screenplay been in the hands of a different director, the film would have resulted in a mechanical reproduction of life. It’s Gilliam’s use of Rembrandt chiaroscuro and Podovkin’s montage, in conjunction with sharpening and emphasizing objects on-screen, that begin to evoke images … Continue reading Terry Gilliam’s “The Fisher King” is film as art.