Category: War

All Quiet on the Western Front Cast - Every Actor and Character in the 2022 Netflix Movie

Know the Cast & Characters: ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’

‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ Cast: A Vague Visages guide for every actor and character in Edward Berger’s 2022 Netflix movie.

Hugo Fregonese Movie Essay - Black Tuesday Film

Vagabond Noirs and Tramp Westerns: The Films of Hugo Fregonese at Il Cinema Ritrovato

“Hugo Fregonese is a director ripe for rediscovery.”

Operation Mincemeat Soundtrack - Every Song in the 2021 Movie

Soundtracks of Cinema: ‘Operation Mincemeat’

‘Operation Mincemeat’ Soundtrack: A Vague Visages guide for every featured song in John Madden’s 2021 movie.

Abel Ferrara Exile Cycle Movie Essay - Siberia Film

Recovery, Survival and Extinction: Abel Ferrara’s Exile Cycle

“Few artists have dreamt more boldly and defiantly in their exile than Ferrara; he has faced up to the dark towers of commerce and coercion, the systemic violence that is rationalized and sanctioned to peak efficiency by the prevailing conditions.”

Coach to Vienna Movie Essay - 1966Karel Kachyna Film

‘Coach to Vienna’ and the Muddied Waters of History

“The power of ‘Coach to Vienna’ today rests in its mythic quality. The crux of the story may well be placed in the ‘real,’ but the affect of the mise-en-scène is that of a murderous fable.”

The Bombardment Cast - Every Performer and Character in the Netflix Movie

Know the Cast: ‘The Bombardment’

‘The Bombardment’ Cast: A Vague Visages guide for every main performer and character in Ole Bornedal’s 2021 movie.

Company Man Movie Essay - Patterns

Nine-to-Five Fellows: The Company Man Comes Home

“The generation that had fought the war was confronting the generation that had overseen it, staging a sub-rosa assault on entrenched power.” – D.M. Palmer on ‘Patterns,’ ‘The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit’ and ‘The Apartment’

The Forgotten Battle Cast - Every Main Performer and Character in the Netflix Movie

Know the Cast: ‘The Forgotten Battle’

‘The Forgotten Battle’ Cast: A Vague Visages guide for every main performer and character in Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.’s 2020 movie.

The Sorrow and the Pity 1969 Documentary - Film Essay

Memory and Style: The Threads of a Collective Experience in Marcel Ophuls’ ‘The Sorrow and the Pity’

“‘The Sorrow and the Pity’ is surgical and functional, yet unquestionably a reflection of the imagination of an artist.”

Quo vadis, Aida? Movie Film

Why Criticism: The Difficulties of Depicting Genocide in ‘Quo Vadis, Aida?’ and ‘La Llorona’

“Roger Ebert once wrote ‘it’s not what a film is about, it’s how it is about it,’ and it’s this phrase that I usually return to when thinking about cinema that deals with humanity’s worst impulses.”

Da 5 Bloods Movie Film

Black Gold: Cinema, Wealth and Blackness

Brian Brems on ‘The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, ‘Da 5 Bloods’ and ‘Trespass’

Dara of Jasenovac Movie Review - 2020 Predrag Antonijevic Film

Review: Predrag Antonijevic’s ‘Dara of Jasenovac’

“Given that ‘Dara of Jasenovac’ is the first Serbian film to cover the camps, the implicit didacticism would actually be more welcomed if it did its job and taught viewers something.”

Chloë Grace Moretz in Shadow in the Cloud

Review: Roseanne Liang’s ‘Shadow in the Cloud’

“The ‘Shadow in the Cloud’ team acknowledges gremlin mythology with genuine admiration and respect.”

Beanpole 2019 Movie - Film Review

Kantemir Balagov’s ‘Beanpole’ Makes Oscar Shortlist

“‘Beanpole’ masters the unseen, the unspoken and the ‘presence of absence’ in the way it unpacks the toll of ongoing armed conflict through a kind of metonymic expression of experience.”

Da 5 Bloods Movie Review - 2020 Spike Lee Netflix Film

Review: Spike Lee’s ‘Da 5 Bloods’

“One of the most effective storytelling strategies in Spike Lee’s ‘Da 5 Bloods’ is the application of the simple and elegant dichotomy.”

Tearing Down the Monument: Sean Connery’s 1970s

“In my hatred for the Bond franchise, I feel I may have done a disservice to its star. I have always had a tendency to discount Sean Connery as an exquisitely sculpted statue, capable of filling out a tuxedo very nicely but little else.”

Da 5 Bloods Movie Review - 2020 Spike Lee Netflix Film

Review: Spike Lee’s ‘Da 5 Bloods’ Matters

“As always, Spike Lee asks all the right questions, and it’s up to us to recognize that even though the answers may not be ones we want to hear, we need to grapple with them all the same.”

Nichols and Soderbergh

Why Criticism: Nichols / Soderbergh

“In their conversations, Soderbergh and Nichols work together to dismantle the artificial dividing line between art and criticism, neatly moving between the two…”

Moffie Interview Movie Film

Interview with ‘Moffie’ Filmmaker Oliver Hermanus

Alistair Ryder Interviews South African Filmmaker Oliver Hermanus About ‘Moffie’

Beanpole 2019 Movie - Film Review

Review: Kantemir Balagov’s ‘Beanpole’

“Many directors twice Balagov’s age could only dream of making a film this unwavering and unsettling — so explicit in its understanding and exploration of extreme female pain.”