The Two Reviews: The Trial of the Chicago 7 and Sound of Metal

The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020, Netflix) Featuring Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Cohen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jeremy Strong, Mark Rylance, Michael Keaton, Frank Langella, John Carroll Lynch, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. Written and directed by Aaron Sorkin. During his career, Aaron Sorkin has honed a confident style in writing screenplays for Oscar-expectant films. From A … Continue reading The Two Reviews: The Trial of the Chicago 7 and Sound of Metal

Jesus Christ Movie Star: Portrayals of the Messiah on Screen

Jesus Christ could be described as the most enduring figure in human historical records, but I suppose that is very Christian-centric of me. What about Siddhārtha Gautama, one may ask? Described as ‘a first-century Jewish preacher and religious leader’ and lampoon-ishly marked as being born ‘c. 4 BC’ (BC meaning Before Christ) on Wikipedia, Jesus … Continue reading Jesus Christ Movie Star: Portrayals of the Messiah on Screen

Cinematography of the World – Part 3: Terrence Malick’s Vision of an American Heaven

The cinematic form took on a new and exciting shape for Hollywood in the 1970s. This blog has made reference to it many times. Like the French New Wave, New American film-making borrowed from other times and places too. Home-grown directors took the reins, but sometimes their selected crew were internationally renowned and experienced. Together, … Continue reading Cinematography of the World – Part 3: Terrence Malick’s Vision of an American Heaven

The One Review: The Extraordinary / Hors Normes (2019 Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano)

The Extraordinary (Hors Normes)  Directed by Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano. Featuring Vincent Cassel, Reda Kateb, Hélène Vincent, Bryan Mialoundama, Alban Ivanov, Benjamin Lesieur, Marco Locatelli, and Catherine Mouchet. In French with English subtitles. Showing at the Alliance Francaise French Film Festival 2020 across Australia. This French drama was released as Hors Normes at the … Continue reading The One Review: The Extraordinary / Hors Normes (2019 Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano)

Cinematography of the World – Part 2: Jack Cardiff in 1940s Britain

There are so many incredible examples of cinematography from around the world. So much so that it can be very difficult to settle on a particular moment or place in cinema history for an appropriate inclusion to this great series that Robin has devised. But I thought it relevant to go back to when cinematography … Continue reading Cinematography of the World – Part 2: Jack Cardiff in 1940s Britain