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I got it, I’m gone.

April 15th, 2011 by Daniel Siegelman · No Comments · Uncategorized

What is Do the Right Thing about? As I watched the film, the answer to this question was constantly changing in my mind. At first, it seemed like a parable about a certain time and place, about racial tensions in 1980’s Brooklyn. The film’s heavy emphasis on setting, as well as its initial division of [...]

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R for Real

April 9th, 2011 by Daniel Siegelman · No Comments · Uncategorized

In Medium Cool, “real” and the “fictional” are tightly interwoven, continuously accenting and reflecting on one another. However, the relationship between the two realms changes throughout the film. At the beginning, most of what we see – footage of protests, interviews and the like – is real. Only brief glimpses of fiction are shown to [...]

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Bending Genre

March 12th, 2011 by Daniel Siegelman · No Comments · Uncategorized

I liked Fallen Angel for its synthesis of different genres. When the film begins, it resembles a noir: ambiguous motives, shadowy lighting and a dark mood permeate the first thirty or so minutes. However, the film soon changes gears, shifting its focus to the romances between the characters. Though it retains it dark tones, it [...]

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Another Problem

March 3rd, 2011 by Daniel Siegelman · No Comments · Uncategorized

Written on the Wind is the kind of film tend to dislike: it took itself incredibly seriously; its story contained almost no trace of originality; worst of all, most of its performances felt trite and one-dimensional. In sum, it felt too melodramatic for my taste. While watching the film, then, I expected that it would [...]

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A Problem

February 26th, 2011 by Daniel Siegelman · No Comments · Uncategorized

As we learned in class, the problems surrounding film studies do not end with those discussed in Robert Ray’s essay: there remain many issues that students, scholars, and cinephiles have yet to resolve. Recently, I have been thinking about one of the broader issues; it concerns how we relate two terms – “art” and “entertainment” [...]

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I am Iron Man.

February 21st, 2011 by Daniel Siegelman · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Is he alive or dead? Has he thoughts within his head? We’ll just pass him there – why should we even care?

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