William Ross

Filmmaker. Cohost of Film Formally Podcast. Other things. Goes long on the musical scores.

Favorite films

  • PlayTime
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • 2046

Recent activity

  • Decision to Leave

  • In the Loop

  • Barbarian

  • Poltergeist

Recent reviews

  • Pinocchio


    It is extremely hard to make low contrast night scenes that throw uniform lighting on everything look good, because you need an incredibly tight command of composition, movement, and the finer points of your lighting philosophy. I don't know how exactly it became the formula for how these scenes are shot in blockbuster cinema (and especially in Disney productions it seems).

  • 2000 Mules

    2000 Mules

    I'm a hero

Popular reviews

  • Army of the Dead

    Army of the Dead

    When a movie overwhelmingly uses shallow focus it loses opportunities for depth cues and complex geometry. When the lenses used go out of focus around the edges it loses opportunities for a focal point anywhere outside the center of the frame. When it uses a highly desaturated palette it loses opportunities for distinguishing objects via colour contrast. When it uses low contrast it loses further opportunities for distinguishing objects via luminance contrast. When it uses a lot of dynamic, semi-improvisational…

  • The Treasure Planet

    The Treasure Planet

    Just amazed by how this film embraces a bewildering, unhinged personality and ultra-spastic, unpolished aesthetic while also genuinely striving for beauty, pathos, and now and then the sublime. It's a major work of animation, an anti-masterpiece, possibly the best film example of Outsider Art I've ever seen.