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The Social Network

April 29th, 2011 by Madeline Meyer · No Comments · Uncategorized

New York Times’ “Capturing the Facebook Obsession”

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The Harder They Come

April 22nd, 2011 by Madeline Meyer · No Comments · Uncategorized

One of the elements of The Harder They Come I enjoyed most was its ability to convince you that you’re watching one movie and then completely shifting gears.  The first half seemed like the familiar story of “talented artist struggles to be recognized” and the second half was somewhat akin to Bonnie and Clyde.  Like [...]

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The Thin Blue Line

April 7th, 2011 by Madeline Meyer · No Comments · Uncategorized

The more documentaries I watch the more I feel I am absolutely terrible at analyzing the artistry of them. This is not, of course, to say that there isn’t any– just that the genre is still somewhat new to me and I find myself getting completely awe-stricken by the reality of it and sort [...]

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M

March 17th, 2011 by Madeline Meyer · No Comments · Uncategorized

In Fritz Lang’s M sound is prioritized.  The audience recognizes Beckert as the murderer far before they ever see his face due to his whistling of Edvard Grieg’s now iconic and horrifying tune, “In the Hall of the Mountain King,” from Peer Gynt.  Because of which, it seems only fitting that this same whistling would [...]

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Assayas’ Interview

March 13th, 2011 by Madeline Meyer · No Comments · Uncategorized

At some point in the Olivier Assayas interview we read for class, Assayas brings up his ideas about music in films. To paraphrase, he says that most film scores are boring and the whole process is impersonal, and to him, he would much rather use individual tracks. This seemed particularly noteworthy to me [...]

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Irma Vep

March 8th, 2011 by Madeline Meyer · No Comments · Uncategorized

What truly amazed me about Irma Vep was the duality of all the work involved.  By this I mean, for every stylistic and cinematic choice made for Olivier Assayas’ film Irma Vep, an entirely new set of artistic decisions had to be chosen for Rene Vidal’s vision of his Les Vampires remake.  The two films [...]

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Shadows

March 1st, 2011 by Madeline Meyer · No Comments · Uncategorized

In John Cassavetes’ directorial debut Shadows, there is little regard to alleviating the often jarring nature of its cinematic decisions.  Rather, it is in its confrontation of the real that Shadows finds its success.  For instance, the frequent close-up shots are disconcerting and unforgiving but they capture minute moments of humanity that are so easily [...]

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In the Mood for Love

February 28th, 2011 by Madeline Meyer · No Comments · Uncategorized

One of the elements of Wong Kar Wai’s “In the Mood for Love” that really struck me was the fact that neither Mr. Chan or Mrs. Chow are ever seen. This really helps bolster the idea that their story is only relevant in its connection to and prompting of Mrs. Chan and Mr. Chow’s [...]

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Sweaters and Shopping Penguins

February 21st, 2011 by Madeline Meyer · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

Google image results for “sweaters”:

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