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  • Arctic

    Arctic

    This is about as straightforward of a survival story as you can get, but it is executed very well. Mads Mikkelsen is pretty fantastic, the writing is not expository when it doesn't need to be, and above all it looks beautiful. The cinematography in this is sincerely astounding, Tómas Örn Tómasson makes every single shot interesting, which isn't a particularly easy task in the middle of a tundra.

    There's nothing really deeper than surface level here, and it's about 10 minutes too long, but boy was I starved for something to see in the theater and this scratched that itch perfectly. It's just solid filmmaking.

  • Velvet Buzzsaw

    Velvet Buzzsaw

    Well, I knew this was going to be bad, but I severely underestimated just how bad it would be. This is one of the worst movies (barring stuff like Ed Wood) that I have ever seen.

    What the hell happened to Dan Gilroy? For a man who made his name in Hollywood as a screenwriter, it is shocking how bad this script is. It is atrociously overwritten with dialogue wedged terribly unnaturally, the expository devices are stuff you are warned…

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  • Stagecoach

    Stagecoach

    Film School Drop Outs 2019
    Week 8: Genre - Western - The Dying Western (1930s)

    First off, let me just say thank God for Stagecoach. It singlehandedly saved a genre of film that has endlessly inspired me and paved the way for many of my favorite films to exist. It is about time I paid this film its due respect, and it did not disappoint.

    Stagecoach is a well plotted ensemble film that balances its nine primary characters surprisingly well.…

  • The Phantom Carriage

    The Phantom Carriage

    Film School Drop Outs 2019
    Week 2: Genre - Horror - Silent Horror (1913-1928)

    Oh man, this really blew me away. This is by far my favorite silent film I have seen. I have never seen filmmaking that feels this modern in a film from the 1920s. Everything in this film feels so ahead of its time.

    To begin with, the complex editing on display here is what really drew me in. There are gorgeous long dissolves, flashbacks within flashbacks,…