That Obscure Object of Desire (1973) or the last word from Luis Buñuel

That Obscure Object of Desire is the last film the great director ever made. The final scene Luie Buñuel ever shot being the bloody, torn dress in the window of a shop, lending his audience one final ambiguous message to interpret or disregard. It’s Buñuel at his most provocative within his most career defining motif: the essence of desire. Seductively reaching the audience through the perverse nature of the concept and the elaborate story device of using two actresses for the beautiful Conchita.  … More That Obscure Object of Desire (1973) or the last word from Luis Buñuel

ASC 2022 Nominees – Nightmare Alley and Tragedy of Macbeth land nominations

In the past, the group has awarded the spectacle or artistically driven films, meaning gasping wide-shots and a strong visual component to the overall storytelling, win the award. For instance, Erik Messerschmidt winning for Mank in possibly the weakest year for cinematography ever, was due to Fincher emphasizing the eye-catching compositions. He would go on to win the Oscar… … More ASC 2022 Nominees – Nightmare Alley and Tragedy of Macbeth land nominations

CERTIFIED WEIRD: Silent Night is an unbalanced black comedy with little laughs

The concept behind Camille Griffin’s holiday black comedy Silent Night had potential, but the tonal balance of the film betrays the comedy elements, melodrama, and warped sentimentality. It sets out to make a Hallmark moment Holiday extravaganza while looking directly into the eye of impending doom. The ensemble piece takes center stage at the end of the world slash Christmas get-together, as the script slowly but surely reveals more damning plot details.  … More CERTIFIED WEIRD: Silent Night is an unbalanced black comedy with little laughs

The Hidden Facade of Joan Crawford’s Private Life in her daughter’s Memoirs, Mommie Dearest

Hollywood starlet, raised to believe that success is earned and handled. She was never naive and her business acumen made her a threat to the structure of society. Not only that, she was a powerhouse of an actress and delivered a number of my favorite performances (What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, Mildred Pierce, Johnny Guitar) ever. She’s an icon, but her public persona hides a dark, personal secret.
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C’mon C’mon, Man. C’mon, C’mon, Man — a beautiful depiction of what adults can mean to a child

C’mon C’mon, a film from Mike Mills, presents an empathetic portrayal of a healthy child-adult relationship. It’s a film that thematically and structurally, shows the importance of perspective and seeing through the eyes of others. The Mills screenplay is framed through the profession of Joaquin Phoenix’s character (Johnny), a traveling radio journalist creating a project on the many different perspectives of kids throughout the United States. 
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The Ox-Bow Incident a maddening one-room drama

It firmly nestles the audience into a place of distrust and anger, much like the characters. It’s an uncomfortable place because nothing the mob does fits into any modern definition of justice, but the shared mentality of the group overtakes rationality. It’s essentially a real-life horror show and digs into humans’ innate desire for violence, but plays more like a tragedy. A horrible tragedy that leaves all involved with a dirty, sinking feeling that will never leave them for the rest of their lives. 
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“You have meddle with the Primal Forces of Nature, Mr. Beal”

It’s a film that utilizes the multinational Ecumenical Liberation Army, a scathing lunatic turned prophet in Howard Beale as the nightly news anchor, the concerning power grab of Saudi conglomerates buying up US news media and the implications, and finally, an idealistic version of capitalism with the greatest monologue arguably of all-time. … More “You have meddle with the Primal Forces of Nature, Mr. Beal”

Scottsdale Film Festival: Do Not Hesitate only scratches the surface of wartime psychology

The psychology of war is a tricky thing. War takes good natured men and turns them into machines, scaring the life out of them and making distrust a necessity for survival. It programs the youngest of adults, the most impressionable among us, with no capacity for dealing with life-or-death situations and brings out their worst instincts. Emotion needs to be stripped to make a good soldier, but what about the fallout of this stripped humanity?
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