Tag: Alfred Hitchcock

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The Gothic Splendour of Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Rebecca’

“Rebecca’s greatness stems from its faithful approach to the Gothic roots of du Maurier’s novel, foregrounding all of the most important themes like repression of the past and marriages full of conflict.”

The Seductive, Puzzling Films of Nelly Kaplan

“With their uncomfortable blend of sexual politics, dark comedy, quirky star power and social and moral critique, it’s no wonder moviegoers didn’t know what to make of Kaplan’s satirical stories when they were first released.”

London Film Festival 2018 Review: Carlos Vermut’s ‘Quién te cantará’

“‘Quién te cantará’ is a cold, mournful study of mothers and daughters living despite each other, filtered through a mystery with a popstar shaped hole at its centre.”

Empathy Through Voyeurism: ‘Bad Times at the El Royale’ Review

“Goddard delineates his film from its influences by focusing almost exclusively on character. Rather than a story filled with twists and turns and manipulation of the audience, ‘Bad Times at the El Royale’ presents each character’s story as a solo vignette, before tying it into the overarching drama.”

You Gotta Act: The Wild Innocence of Melanie Griffith

“With her beauty– but more importantly, her natural ease and irresistible girlishness — Melanie Griffith presented a form of femininity ideally suited to a specific time of the late 1980s.”

Vague Visages Writers’ Room: Weekend Vibes 6.1.18

Weekend Vibes is a Friday column about streaming recommendations, new release hype and entertainment events. 

The Green Fog Movie Film Review

Las Palmas Film Festival Review: Guy Maddin’s ‘The Green Fog’

“Coherence is the last concern in ‘The Green Fog,’ whose beauty is comprised in the hidden connections between the city-film tropes.”

Get Out 2017 Movie - Film Essay

Could Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ Break Horror’s Dry Spell at the Oscars?

“Art is a product of its time; is it Get Out’s fault that the time mostly resembles a horror production?”

Critics in Conversation: The Critic and the Actor

In the second part of a three-chapter conversation conducted over months via a large Google Doc, Manuela Lazic and Adam Nayman discuss acting and how film critics interpret performances.

Devious Dialogues: Mike Thorn and Anya Stanley on the ‘Psycho’ Franchise

“I’ll even go so far as to say that the sequel is just as satisfying as the original, in my eyes.”

Cinema of Secrets: An Interview with Philippe Garrel

Julia Yepes Interviews Director Philippe Garrel

Vague Visages Is FilmStruck: Jeremy Carr on David Lean’s ‘This Happy Breed’

“It is, quite simply, one of the most engaging and most charming movies ever made.”

The Absurdity of Our World: Tom Ford’s ‘Nocturnal Animals’

“With great color, style and technique, Ford haunts the audience with the disappointments of our absurd world.”

Vague Visages Is FilmStruck: Jeremy Carr on Andrei Tarkovsky’s ‘Solaris’

“The film goes beyond strict and narrow generic classification and touches upon something universal, something profound about undying affection and the unreliability of reality.”

‘Take Me’: Director-Actor Pat Healy and Editor Brian Scofield on Comedic Kinks and Cinematic Hijinks

Interview by Demi Kampakis

Technological Tease: Virtual Reality

“I foresee that VR will eventually become a key asset of filmmaking, putting itself right alongside sound, color, digital and CGI as an essential staple of the industry.”

The Aesthetic and Formal Challenges of Jean-Luc Godard’s ‘Contempt’

“‘Contempt’ is a daunting and formally labyrinthine work, calling its own fallibility to question even as it submits completely to the romance of cinema.”

What I Learned from Martin Scorsese’s ‘Life Lessons’

“Martin Scorsese’s ‘Life Lessons’ benefits more from analysis as a self-standing artistic expression than as a counterpoint to the other installments of ‘New York Stories.'”

The Conversation: Introduction and Mike Nichols’ ‘The Graduate’

A conversation on cinema between film critics Drew Morton, Landon Palmer and Justine A. Smith.

Ebertfest 2016: Sound Some Opinions

Jacob Oller on His First Ebertfest