Revisiting Children of Men, Alfonso Cuaron’s Dystopian Classic

As with many classic sci-fi films, Children of Men was at least a decade ahead of its time. If Alfonso Cuaron’s unsettling dystopian nightmare were released in 2018, you can bet it would’ve received the love it was due in 2006. With its depiction of immigration panic and a divided social order, this movie plays … Continue reading Revisiting Children of Men, Alfonso Cuaron’s Dystopian Classic

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A Look Back at the Fascinating Rise of Mexican Cinema’s Three Amigos

  When Sean Penn announced Birdman had won the 2015 Academy Award for Best Picture with his "Who gave this guy a green card?" comment, the ridiculousness of his remark (and the - let's be honest - even more ridiculous outrage afterwards) overshadowed a deeper truth. With the two most recent Best Director Oscars going to … Continue reading A Look Back at the Fascinating Rise of Mexican Cinema’s Three Amigos

How Interstellar and Birdman Challenge Today’s Cinema

Some of the best movies directly critique the filmmaking of their day. 1950's Sunset Blvd. is considered one of American film's great entries, but it still may be underrated for its exploration of Hollywood's empty vanity, via fully faded (and delusional) Silent Era starlet Norma Desmond. It's a difficult task, to make an entertaining movie … Continue reading How Interstellar and Birdman Challenge Today’s Cinema

Auteur Debuts: Comparing Nolan’s Following and Aronofsky’s Pi

Filmmaking auteurs (writer-directors who are considered the "authors" of their films) are sometimes known for their stunning debuts. Terrence Malick had Badlands (1973), Jean-Luc Godard had Breathless (1960), and Quentin Tarantino had Reservoir Dogs (1992). These are movies that broke onto the scene with fresh, captivating vigor. They broke ground with their original style, announced … Continue reading Auteur Debuts: Comparing Nolan’s Following and Aronofsky’s Pi