Showing posts from August, 2018

Searching: Hitchcock meets HTML

A thriller for the Snapchat generation, Searching is a whip smart affair that is played out solely via the screens of several computers and a smartphone. And while this may initially sound like an embarrassing recipe for disaster a.k.a the cringey internet horror flick Unfriended or Elijah Wood's awful online clunker Open Windows, Searching turns out to be a far more intelligent film that understands and utilises the capabilities of technology in a way rarely seen in other films.

Most importance to the effectiveness of Searching is that it is anything but a gimmick of a film. Never at any point does the format of the project, carried out as mentioned over the interface of several screens as our protagonist David (John Cho) attempts to find his missing daughter through some renegade online detective work, feel like a pointless and unnecessary addition to the plot. 

Instead, we see how the power of technology, and in particular the internet, helps to advance David's search, leadin…

Bleachers: Rewriting Modern Pop

In a world of copy and paste chart music and dreary love songs, Jack Antonoff's uplifting and often euphoric approach to pop music is a huge breath of fresh air. A former member of the band Fun (remember their song We Are Young that you couldn't escape from for what seemed like forever?), Antonoff's new project Bleachers burst onto the scene in early 2014 with the release of their first single I Wanna Get Better.

An infectiously catchy anthem that screamed 80's high school movie, the song perfectly weaved together Antonoff's intimate, desperation-tinged lyrics, a riproaring melody and an exhilarating, sing-along chorus and firmly declared Bleachers' arrival on the pop scene.
Their debut album Strange Desires was released later that year in July and it was a decidedly mixed bag, with features from Yoko Ono and Grimes falling dissapointingly flat. The album worked best when Antonoff hit the same fast-paced, upbeat stride that had made I Wanna Get Better such a hit,…

Visions of Gideon: Call Me By Your Name's Heartbreaking Final Sequence

SPOILER WARNING (obviously)!

I've never seen an end credits sequence quite like Call Me By Your Name's, one that conveys such intense sadness and raw emotion that it is likely to reduce even the stubbornest of viewers to a sobbing mess. It is both a masterclass in ensuring that your film will stick with audiences long after they have stepped out of the cinema and a powerfully accurate depiction of mourning and loss so intense that it overwhelms you completely. 

Speaking of masterclasses, if you want a lesson in how to portray sadness on screen to an incredibly convincing degree, look no further than Timothee Chalamet's performance as 17 year old Elio. Chalamet dominates the film with his delicate depiction of adolescent angst and the feelings of intense pining and heartbreak that inevitably accompany it. With Andre Aciman's original novel, Elio's passions and flaws were easily laid bare through the character's first-person narrative, whereas Chalamet had the tou…

The Oscars just confirmed their own demise

Earlier today, the Academy Awards announced over Twitter (ala every major news story or presidential outburst of 2018) that next year's ceremony would see the introduction of a new award's category "designed around achievement in popular film," along with the news that the announcement of a number of awards would be made during commercial breaks (to ensure the telecast reached a three hour runtime.)

At the same time this news broke, the internet erupted in a merciless stream of mirth and outrage. Accusations of pandering and snobbery flew left and right, resulting in what could arguably be the most attention directed towards the Oscars in years.

For me, the two key issues that today's announcement highlighted were 1. the increasing irrelevancy of the Academy and 2. the embarrassing self-aggrandisement of the annual ceremony as a whole.

To illustrate the first point, lets take for starters the fact that this year's ceremony was the lowest watched in history, wit…

An Update

It may seem like I've abandoned this blog for good, seeing that my last review was posted back in October last year. My long disappearance has been largely due to an increase in uni work but also a lack of motivation.
I was finding myself stuck in a rut of review after review, many of which I was not happy with upon publishing, and so I've had a bit of a rethink as to the future of the blog. Having become very disenchanted with the format I had been sticking to, my new aim is to introduce a greater variety of articles to the blog, perhaps branching out to other areas of culture than just film.
My main ambition for now is to start writing a broader range of content, which could range from recommendation articles to standard reviews, views on a particular director (or actor) to rants (my favourite things to write!). The most important thing is for me to write with fewer restrictions and a more distinct style, something you'll hopefully see in the coming months.
As a final note,…