An Indescribable Appreciation of the Cinema and ‘Your Name’

  It seems extremely easy, too easy, for oneself to forget why they have chosen the passions of their own life. I find myself completing an MA in Film Studies at this time of writing and yet, occasionally, I struggle to remember the feelings that spurred me to study the art, back in the beginning … Continue reading An Indescribable Appreciation of the Cinema and ‘Your Name’

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Remembering Isao Takahata

There is a moment in Isao Takahata's 1991 film Only Yesterday where the protagonist, Taeko, remembers an awkward childhood romance blossoming between her and a local boy. The film has terrible moments of pain, some that still startle on repeated viewings, and yet this particular scene is bathed in the orange glow of the sun. The world … Continue reading Remembering Isao Takahata

Framing Oliver in ‘Call Me By Your Name’

This article contains spoilers for 'Call Me By Your Name':  There is a palpable tenderness and care concerning Luca Guadagnino's fabulous coming-of-age romance film, Call Me By Your Name. With the camera's fluid movement and the luscious visuals of the Italian countryside, the film manages to capture the duality of the long summer days; the feeling that … Continue reading Framing Oliver in ‘Call Me By Your Name’

Shifting Songs in ‘Coco’

This article contains spoilers for 'Coco': To watch Coco for a second-time is to transform the film. This Disney-Pixar animation, inspired by Mexican culture and a recent Oscar-winner, is a quasi-musical that instead of including frequent, impromptu bursts of music, instead interweaves its musical numbers within the framework of the story. There is an intrinsic, identifiable … Continue reading Shifting Songs in ‘Coco’

The Intoxicating Contradictions of ‘Elle’

To ask whether a Paul Verhoeven film is fully aware of the provocations and controversies that it elicits from the audience is, in part, a continuing open question. This is often the charm of Verhoeven's filmography, which has been punctuated by his insistence to make both B-movie science-fiction and mainstream exploitation, with the 1997 movie Showgirls still under … Continue reading The Intoxicating Contradictions of ‘Elle’

Seeing Clearly: Remaking ‘Shadow of the Colossus’

In taking on the task of remaking the beloved classic Shadow of the Colossus, developer 'Bluepoint Games' left themselves open to the huge anticipation of the fans, and at the same time huge scepticism from them as well. The original game is not simply heralded as being one of the most emotional and important experiences in video-game … Continue reading Seeing Clearly: Remaking ‘Shadow of the Colossus’

Entrapment and Escapism in ‘Punch Drunk Love’

Paul Thomas Anderson's beautiful and surrealistic romance Punch Drunk Love takes on a new appearance and meaning with every subsequent viewing. I originally watched Punch Drunk Love a few years ago for the intrigue and fascination over this supposedly masterful role from much-maligned comedian Adam Sandler, playing emotional and dysfunctional Barry Egan, but I now continually re-watch the … Continue reading Entrapment and Escapism in ‘Punch Drunk Love’

Personal Shopper: A Masterpiece of Emotional Horror

This article contains spoilers for Personal Shopper (2016). The best examples of the horror genre in cinema are the ones that give the audience a genuine reason to be frightened on the behalf of the vulnerable protagonist. This is a type of horror that evokes multiple reasons for fear; instead of the general fear of … Continue reading Personal Shopper: A Masterpiece of Emotional Horror