Orson Welles’ second film, The Magnificent Ambersons, is an adaptation of Booth Tarkington’s novel of the same name. The second industrial revolution and the advent of the automobile function as the catalyst that brings a well-to-do family from the pinnacle of status and wealth down to ruin.
The woes of the silk shoe generation are perfectly characterized through George Amberson Minifer, played by Tim Holt. Entitled and unmotivated, George floats through life while looking down on everyone around him. As an unskilled and ill-equipped member of society he slowly slips through the ranks of society.
Welles’ creative and technical prowess shines through in just about every sequence. The way he blocks his scenes, his unique camera angles, and tracking shots are just a few ways his style amplified the film. Although The Magnificent Ambersons is not as famous as his previous, and first film, Citizen Kane, it is certainly comparable in terms of execution. Certainly a must watch if you can bare the black and white aesthetic of old movies.
Continue reading ➞ Magnificent Ambersons, The (1942)
A young projectionist, Buster Keaton, yearns to be a detective. When he is framed by the Local Sheik, Ward Crane, he must put his new skills to work. Although, his childlike demeanor leads him to be less successful than his ambitions. While his skills lack in reality, he makes up for these short-comings once he enters dreamland.
Continue reading ➞ Sherlock Jr. (1924) – Short Film
Rob Reiner’s 1989 classic stars Billy Cristal and Meg Ryan in what has become one of the most iconic romantic comedies of all time. When Harry Met Sally weaves together the complex nature of relationships, the ups and downs, as well as the cliches. Focusing in on the famous question can friendship be strictly platonic between a man and a woman?
Continue reading ➞ When Harry Met Sally (1989)
Call Me By Your Name follows a teenage boy, Elio, played by Timothée Chalamet, over the summer of 1983. Elio is living with his parents in the northern Italy countryside. His father is an archaeology professor and brings on graduate students each year to assist him in his research. When Oliver, played by Armie Hammer, arrives at the Italian estate, Elio becomes interested in him and they soon begin to have a romantic relationship.
With all of the hype this movie received, I expected it to be a compelling and emotional love story. However, it came across more like an inappropriate and abusive relationship. This film is branded as a coming of age story, following an adolescent going through his first love experience. Although, Oliver’s predatory nature makes the romantic love story seem gross. Call Me By Your Name instead follows the story of a young kid subtly seduced by an older and more experienced man, and then manipulated into a confusing and involved relationship that is way over his head. On top of that, there seems to be a lack of communication conveyed through the storytelling; perhaps it was the lack of chemistry that I felt from the two leads. Their relationship seemed to escalate at a rate that did not make sense given the information we had been presented with.
If you are looking for a compelling and emotionally driven film about LGBTQ subject matter, then you should watch some more eloquently executed films like God’s Own Country or 120 Beats Per Minute.
Continue reading ➞ Call Me By Your Name (2017)
A young couple, in Dallas, Texas, are deciding whether or not to move. The woman, Rooney Mara, wants to move and the man, Casey Affleck, does not. The man is killed in a car crash and becomes trapped in limbo, forced to watch life go on and reflect on the concept of time and meaning of life.
Continue reading ➞ A Ghost Story (2017)