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Why “The Hunger Games” should win the Academy Award for Best Production Design

I was finally able to watch The Hunger Games about a week ago and was extremely impressed by the film’s visual design – the locations, costumes, sets, props, makeup, etc.  Immediately I began thinking about writing a post arguing that the film … Continue reading

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“Westworld” (Boy, have we got a vacation for you!)

Over the weekend my older daughter and I watched Westworld.  Again 🙂 Although we always enjoy this film for the story itself, we also get a kick out of deconstructing its “high tech” symbolism and noting anachronisms and things so commonplace … Continue reading

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Thoughts on “Blade Runner” thirty years later

I recently joined a LinkedIn group called “World Cinema Critics” to be part of a community engaged in serious film discussions.  Lately we’ve had a comment thread going on the subject of Blade Runner, a movie I hadn’t seen since its theatrical release … Continue reading

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Rave review for Pixar’s “Brave”!

First, a quick disclaimer: WordPress won’t let me use italics in the headline, which is why I’ve put quotation marks around the title “Brave.”  I usually italicize titles, as called for by the style guide for my field, the MLA (Modern Language … Continue reading

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Pixar’s (nearly) unbroken streak

I want Brave to be good.   My younger daughter and I have a standing date every year to see the newest Pixar movie during its first weekend in theaters.  Already today I’ve seen so-so reviews for Brave, but don’t want … Continue reading

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Perspectives on depth perception as metaphor in film

I took this photo of the hallway outside my hotel room in San Antonio last week. I loved how the striped carpet and the alternating patterns of light and shadow added to the telescoping effect created by the distance perspective. … Continue reading

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Did you get the “Wilhelm scream” joke in Google’s drive-in doodle?

Special thanks to Brandon, a student in my film studies class this past quarter, for alerting me to the Wilhelm scream in the Google Doodle on Wednesday (June 6) celebrating the 79th anniversary of the first drive-in movie theater. The Wilhelm … Continue reading

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Silent witness (“Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.”)

How many times have I watched this scene in The Godfather without ever noticing the most brilliant aspect of its mise-en-scène?  At the far left side of the frame, barely visible above the tall grass, the Statue of Liberty stands … Continue reading

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The Hatfields and McCoys . . . and Hitchcock?

This week the History Channel is running a six-hour presentation of America’s most famous feud, the murderous, longstanding grudge match between the Hatfield and McCoy families living along border between Kentucky and West Virginia.   I am from a small town on … Continue reading

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Some favorite DVD bonus features

Do you ever watch the special features on your DVDs?  Here are some of my favorites. 1. “Animation Sound Design: Building Worlds From the Sound Up” – WALL●E In this nearly 20-minute long special feature, Oscar-winning sound designer Ben Burtt … Continue reading

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