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  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★½

    Perhaps the most striking thing about Ari Aster's feature work so far ⁠— aside from the precise brutality of his style — is its sense of inevitability. Ostensibly ruminating on inheritance and mental illness, last year's Hereditary revolved around the vertigo of determinism, the feeling of realizing, just a little too late, that you're being guided by forces outside your control. Like Rosemary's Baby or Don't Look Now, it hid a supernatural thriller behind a psychological one, aligning the viewer…

  • The Dead Don't Die

    The Dead Don't Die

    ★★½

    The world is ending long before the undead hordes shamble into Jim Jarmusch’s new zom-com. Residents of sleepy Centerville, Ohio have already greeted potential planetary collapse, racial animus and misplaced authority with resigned indifference, so when deceased townsfolk start rising from their graves at night to feast on the living, it makes sense that everyone shrugs off the crisis. 

    This blasé tone is at once the most cutting and off-putting part of The Dead Don’t Die. Using meta jokes and…

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  • Man with a Movie Camera

    Man with a Movie Camera

    FILM SCHOOL DROP OUTS WEEKLY CHALLENGE 2017
    Week 5 – Movement – Russian Montage (1923-1934)

    Russian montage is possibly the most intimidating topic on the whole FSDO curriculum. As difficult as the other subjects can be, they mostly fall within the bounds of commercial cinema. Sure, No Wave and French New Wave filmmakers may attempt to confound viewers and subvert their expectations, but many of them still wouldn’t be classified as outright avant-gardists.

    Directors like Sergei Eisenstein and Dziga Vertov…

  • Little Caesar

    Little Caesar

    FILM SCHOOL DROP OUTS WEEKLY CHALLENGE 2017

    Week 8 – Genre – Crime – Pre-Code Gangster Movie

    The Motion Picture Production Code opens with a few general principles. Many are purposefully vague. “Correct standards of life” are to be respected, the law “shall not be ridiculed,” and in its particular applications, murder must be portrayed in a vague manner that “will not inspire imitation.” But this first item on the list may be the most telling. It reads, “No picture…