Monthly Archives: June 2011

Justifying the Future with the Past: or how Herzog made me a 3d convert

I think it’s pretty obvious that I, like many other film people, really hate the 3D fad. That it’s anything but at this point seems like a stalled discussion, as audience attendance at 3D screenings seems to fall and the … Continue reading

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Review: “Fish Tank”

Let’s start with the basics. Fish Tank is a 2009 British drama directed by Andrea Arnold. It stars non-actor Katie Jarvis and currently hot property Michael Fassbender and it won a bunch of awards and is generally well-regarded. Certainly I only … Continue reading

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The Scorsese Project 5: The Top Three

And so we arrive at the final day. Hopefully everyone’s kept up well enough through all the madness of the last four days, but you might be sitting there scratching your head.  “Matt,” you say, “you’ve talked a ton about … Continue reading

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The Scorsese Project 4: Hidden Gems and Sinking Ships

The last two days have been given over to a more overarching analysis of Scorsese’s filmography, the themes and recurring archetypes that find their way into his films. And while it’s really the end goal of the project to be … Continue reading

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The Scorsese Project 3: Identity, and Failing the Ideal

From Jesus Christ to Rupert Pupkin, Scorsese’s filmography is a long road of men with big ideas and heavy hearts, men with monkeys on their backs and demons at their heels. A flawed protagonist is a part of compelling fiction, … Continue reading

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The Scorsese Project 2: Men Concerned With Women, The Mob Scene

The interesting thing about going through a director’s filmography is that if they have any sort of recurring themes they immediately jump to the forefront. Things that would be buried and slowly evolve in a longer, more natural span of … Continue reading

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