Tag Archives: David Bordwell

And Now, a Flagrant Disregard for Morals and Decency

Old movies have a reputation for being kid friendly, no matter what they’re about. They don’t have any nudity, bad language, or disrespect for authority figures. This is largely because of the Motion Picture Production Code (or Hays Code), a … Continue reading

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It’s Just… Television

Let me say up front that I think Anthony Hopkins is a fantastic actor. I haven’t had a chance to see Westworld, either, so it’s entirely possible I’d think it’s a great show. But I don’t think this scene deserves the … Continue reading

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Being Present

“A process cannot be understood by stopping it. Understanding must move with the flow of the process, must join it and flow with it.” -The First Law of Mentat, quoted by Paul Atreides to Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam Once, during … Continue reading

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Don’t Just Stand There, Do Something!

One of my favorite essays film theorist David Bordwell has ever written is this one on the development of CinemaScope. Some technical details and some history: The shape of a movie’s image is called its aspect ratio, which refers to the relationship … Continue reading

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Is This The House of Cards You Want To Die On?

If Netflix were looking at my viewing habits when designing an original series to produce (and I’m sure they did), the data would have told them that a political drama starring Kevin Spacey would be a safe bet. And they … Continue reading

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I, For One, Welcome Our New Eurasian Overlords

What would you do if you started to suspect that your country was slowly being swallowed by a foreign power? What would you do if you were the Prime Minister, having to deal with this outside pressure? What if maintaining … Continue reading

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Crossing Hitchcock

There’s a lot to talk about in the work of Alfred Hitchcock. His style has become lauded and influential. Even his silhouette is instantly recognizable. The themes and characters in his films have given psychoanalysts at least as much to … Continue reading

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Jurassic World

I love dinosaurs. Always have, since I was little. I was a bit too young when the first Jurassic Park came out to see it in theaters, so you might think I’d be excited to see Jurassic World. Well… Most of it … Continue reading

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Mad Cutting Rates

Special Bonus Entry! (Via The A.V. Club) Vashi Neodomansky tried an experiment- he played five movies The Bourne Ultimatum, Mad Max: Fury Road, Domino, Taken 3, and Resident Evil: Apocalypse at 12x normal speed, and created this video to let … Continue reading

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Why So Close?

Tony from Every Frame a Painting has a new video out, which is all about one of my favorite unused tools a director has: ensemble staging. It’s an endangered species in most mainstream movies. Production values, fashion styles, and special … Continue reading

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