Long Take: The Cinematography Of 1917

Long takes are imperfect filmmaking. The choreography of cinematography over a scene or an entire film is a dance between the camera, actors, and the audience. Even though it can be viewed as a gimmick, it is a storytelling choice that dramatically alters the final product. When done well, the technique injects unique perspective into... Continue Reading →

Long Take: The Cinematography of Children of Men

Long takes are imperfect filmmaking. The choreography of cinematography over a scene or an entire film is a dance between the camera, actors, and the audience. Even though it can be viewed as a gimmick, it is a storytelling choice that dramatically alters the final product. When done well, the technique injects unique perspective into... Continue Reading →

Long Take: The Boxing Cinematography Of Creed

Long takes are imperfect filmmaking. The choreography of cinematography over a scene or an entire film is a dance between the camera, actors, and the audience. Even though it can be viewed as a gimmick, it is a storytelling choice that dramatically alters the final product. When done well, the technique injects unique perspective into... Continue Reading →

Revisiting The Garbage Picking Field Goal Kicking Philadelphia Phenomenon

Philadelphia's cinematic history is synonymous with Rocky, one of the best sports films ever made. The Garbage Picking Field Goal Kicking Philadelphia Phenomenon is not a close second. Released in 1998, the made-for-TV movie does not exactly rival sports flicks from the same era like Little Giants or Angels In The Outfield. The movie stars Tony... Continue Reading →

Review: Netflix’s Spenser Confidential

Netflix’s Spenser Confidential is an intersection of two well-traveled subgenres: Boston crime and revenge. The film adaptation of the popular private detective is now in its third incarnation as an action flick. The 2020 movie reintroduces Spenser with some notable tweaks. Spenser Confidential stars Mark Wahlberg, Winston Duke, and Alan Arkin. Spenser is a former... Continue Reading →

Movie Reviews: Midway (2019) And Midway (1976)

The trailer for Roland Emmerich’s 2019 film Midway presented a poorly construed treatment of World War II with hooky jingoism and disaster movie arcs. The film barely broke even in the box office, although it was vastly different from the 1976 movie Midway. That blockbuster was a top-grossing flick of its time, yet the substance... Continue Reading →

Widows (2018): A Movie Made For TV

The second month of my quest to watch 100 movies in 2020 brought me to a movie with untapped depth: Steve McQueen's Widows. The 2018 film incorporates themes of urban poverty, independence, and political corruption into the story of a heist executed by reluctant participants. The ensemble film stars Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriguez, Liam... Continue Reading →

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