Silver Linings Playbook: Dramatic-comedy, Comi-tragedy or Tragi-comedy? Does it matter? Questioning the Contaminated Modern Comedy.

Evelyn Greenslade (Judy Dench), a romantic optimist in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel:                                       “The only real failure is the failure to try and the measure of success is how we cope with disappointment as we always must. We came here and we tried; all of us in our different ways. Can we be blamed for … Continue reading Silver Linings Playbook: Dramatic-comedy, Comi-tragedy or Tragi-comedy? Does it matter? Questioning the Contaminated Modern Comedy.

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An Extended Illustration of “I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone”

Ron has written a very interesting, incisive introduction to the last decade or so of an Asian film movement, a significant change of style, termed a Second Wave. One thing is for certain, water is a major element of consideration in Asian films. In advance of anything experimental that American and European films are attempting … Continue reading An Extended Illustration of “I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone”

More than The Secret Life of Bees

The Spirit of the Beehive (dir. Victor Erice, 1973) “Keep a close watch on your creature.” “Considered by some critics the single greatest achievement of Spanish cinema, haunting cinematography, flawless performances, and a foreboding pace make this a truly special film.”[1] Opening scene:  A wide freight truck careens along a road on the flat Spanish … Continue reading More than The Secret Life of Bees

Frankenstein (Dir. James Whale, 1931)

“Frankenstein the Monster” Little did it occur to me a few months ago when I viewed James Whale’s film Frankenstein of 1931, complete with the scene of the drowning of Maria, that I would wonder what horror would creep up my skin and shock me. I imagine Karloff’s monster did give audiences a scare when … Continue reading Frankenstein (Dir. James Whale, 1931)

Rebellion and Freedom from Living Hell

By David Gilmour [originally posted on June 23, 2008; replaced with updated version on July 18, 2008] Films Reviewed: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Julian Schnabel, 2007), The Sea Inside (Alejandro Amenábar, 2004), and Whose Life Is It Anyway? (John Badham, 1981). April, the cruelest month? Choosing three films about the plights of three … Continue reading Rebellion and Freedom from Living Hell