[This article was originally written as an assignment for my degree.] When Hushpuppy confronts and stares down the Auroch's during the films climax, it is then that I work out the intentions of writer/directer Benh Zeitlin. The Katrina and Climate Crisis metaphor, with a sprinkling of post-racial Obama era politics, would be a complete failure … Continue reading Hunting the BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
[This article was originally written as an assignment for my degree.] Before SHOPLIFTERS, my only exposure to the fringe of society life in Japan was TAMPOPO. What is interesting for me is that both films frame the theme of poverty around children (also it is worth noting that both films treat eroticise food in a … Continue reading Innocent SHOPLIFTERS
[This article was originally written as an assignment for my degree.] As Mia (Emma Stone) stands in front of the casting directors and they ask her to tell them a story, she recalls a story her Aunt told her. The story of her in Paris, jumping into the Seine, and getting ill because of it. … Continue reading The Fools Who Dream of LA LA LAND
The script isn't that great (David Benihoff really needs to hit a screenwriting class), the premise is fairly generic, and the star hasn't had a big hit in years. However, this is a film that is pretty weird when you think about it, has some outstanding action setpieces, the cast are all in, and the … Continue reading GEMINI MAN.
Based upon the memoir, 'I Heard You Paint Houses' by Charles Brandt, Scorsese's latest collaboration with De Niro is a fantastic piece of cinema. I'm not trying to sound surprised by this statement, but if I am being really honest I had a couple of doubts. Lets just get these 2 debunked straight off. Firstly, … Continue reading THE IRISHMAN.
Angry men who don't feel connected to society, people who want to lash out at the haves that seem to own everything around them, and give nothing back. Fantasies of living the happy life, at being connected to the real world. When the world gets crazier, the crazy start coming to the surface. And so, … Continue reading JOKER.
[This article was originally written as an assignment for my degree.] BATMAN & BIRDMAN. The star meanings of Keaton and Thompson are one and the same. Keaton was cast Burton's BATMAN in the 80s. Best known at the time for being MR. MOM and the titular BEETLEJUICE (say it 3 times). The two BATMAN films … Continue reading BIRDMAN or (The Totally Expected Superhero Evaluation)