Film of the Week: “Jodorowsky’s Dune”

7/13/15-7/20/2015 Frank Pavich’s “Jodorowsky’s Dune” is a documentary about, not the making of a film but the dream about making a film. “Jodorowsky’s Dune,” then begins to take on a magical quality that exhibits the efforts of bringing art to life. Through a series of interviews ranging from Alejandro Jodorowsky himself, to H.R. Giger of…

Beyond Hollywood: “Mad Max: Fury Road” Review

Today’s Hollywood is interested in two things: making films and making money. With the latter being more important the best films to produce are ones which will attract the biggest audiences. Although there isn’t anything inherently wrong with that, what results is a market dominated not just by the typical blockbuster spectacle but by constant…

The Terror of the Film Spectacle: “Avengers: Age of Ultron” Review

In creating a grand narrative of films, Marvel has entered a competition with itself in needing to ensure that sequels to their previous blockbusters are even bigger spectacles than the ones that came before it. Pioneers of the “after-credits scenes,” Marvel cleverly built massive suspension leading up to their 2012 mega-hit “The Avengers” by way…

A Constrained Machine: Chappie Review

In 2009, Neil Blomkamp made a name for himself not only within the science-fiction community but also in the world of cinema for his debut film, “District 9.” Blending a documentarian-style type of filmmaking, whose origins date back to the works of Vertov and Flaherty, with updated digital technology, Blomkamp’s style was not only distinct…