This essay explores how the characters in In the Mood for Love (Kar-Wai Wong, 2000) progress in the context of the time and space Wong has created.   The essay will specifically examine how both main characters’ significant yet subtle character progression is demonstrated in the mise-en-scene and editing of In the Mood for Love rather than the limiting narrative conventions […]

Soderberg’s latest experimentation with the iPhone focuses on a struggling  idealistic player agent during an NBA “lockout”.  You may wonder how so small a camera manages to capture or at least replicate the drama of fast-paced sporting action, particularly the pinnacle grandstand moment of that ole rags to riches sports tale.  Without spoiling anything, let me tell you […]

With Hold The Dark  Director Jeremy Saulnier and Writer/Actor Macon Blair (Blue Ruin, Green Room) leave little to the imagination in terms of violence while leaving just enough to the imagination in terms of plot, affording us the opportunity to discover a wider story. Ostensibly a tale of revenge akin to Blue Ruin  yet much darker and colder, the […]

The critics tell me to stop.  Family and friends tell me to stop.  Even my own better judgement and sense of reason tells me to stop.  But addiction can’t be reasoned with.   I’m chasing the high I’ve been chasing since I was a teenager.  It started with The Usual Suspects, that pure uncut feeling of being taken in.  My memory […]

The creators of Rampage (the film) should be ashamed of themselves!  As everyone knows in the original game the monsters were originally humans who were turned into a giant gorilla, lizard and wolf by a vitamin, a radioactive lake and a food additive respectively.   However in the 2018 film, we’re supposed to just except that they were […]

Not your typical jingoistic Hollywood action movie but lacking some key ingredients.  A believable performance by Noomi Rapace and some strong action set pieces are let down by a lack of subtext* and a frustrating co-star. The relatively short running time is both a blessing and a curse in that it remains palatable yet doesn’t provide […]