Sonic Reality: “Straight Outta Compton” Review

The images in F. Gary Gray’s Straight Outta Compton play a secondary role to the sound of the film, helping to accentuate the sonically driven narrative rather than completely dominate it; this is mostly in part due to Straight Outta Compton’s story being one about music and how one hip-hop group from Los Angeles shook…

The Strange Cinema: “Buzzard” Review

One of the final shots of Joel Portrykus’ Buzzard showcases the protagonist of the film, Marty Jackitansky (Joshua Burge), running straight down an avenue of streets; Potrykus shoots the scene from a side-panned angle, giving the background the appearance of a film reel quickly slipping. Potrykus’ camera focuses on Jackitansky’s swinging legs, furthering the scene’s…

The Beauty of Eternity: “Clouds of Sils Maria” Review

Olivier Assayas’ Clouds of Sils Maria is more than just another meta-film because it’s a film about more than its own subject matter—that is, theater—but about the ontology of art in relation to our perceptions of our own modern culture through time and so Assayas has achieved a monumental feat in creating a film that’s…

Film of the Week: “Husbands”

9/7/2015-9/14/2015 John Cassavetes’ “Husbands” is a film filled with kinetic energy from start to finish and it is Cassavetes’ focus on movement in the film that partly helps define it. “Husbands” begins with a montage of images that recall Chris Marker’s 1962 “La Jetée,” in which the narrative is told through a series of still-images…

Consumer Creation: “Ex Machina” Review

Alex Garland’s “Ex Machina” may be another film amongst many concerning the Frankenstonian relationship between master and creator but what separates “Ex Machina” from not only its contemporaries but also its predecessors, is the film’s thematic roots in modernity—specifically the internet culture which has come to define the current generation at hand. “Ex Machina’s” main…

Film of the Week: Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

8/30/2015-9/6/2015 Chantal Akerman’s “Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles” is not an easy film to watch; with a run time of a little over three hours (although this pales in comparison to Sátántangó and Shoah, whose runtimes are seven and nine hours respectively) and a focus on long takes as well as a…

Film of the Week: “Do the Right Thing”

8/22/2015-8/29/2015 Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” was a film that was not only contemporary for its release but also ahead of its time. Released in 1989—over two decades ago—“Do the Right Thing’s” political backdrop is both more than relevant in modern America but is still able to spark a conversation on race relations and…