Tag Archives: Quentin Tarantino

Joining Celluloid: The Art of Film Editing

FILM IS THRIVING….BUT WHAT ABOUT FILM SPLICING With the recent critical releases of La La Land, Denzel Washington’s adaptation of August Wilson’s Fences, and Hidden Figures, audiences are witnessing the beauty of film at the cinema.  Add in Kodak’s new Super 8 Camera (image below) and the return … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Films about Films

French philosopher Jacques Derrida became famous (by philosophy and academic standards) for discussing the theory of deconstruction.  While I know that my rather curt and probably inaccurate explanation of Derridian deconstructionism will court harsh critiques from colleagues (current and former) and professors, … Continue reading

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Impossibly Cool

Once upon a time, film critics ruled the cinematic universe. In the late 60s and early 70s, luminaries such as Pauline Kael and Andrew Sarris could write long and lengthy pieces, praising or damning movies, wrecking careers or hauling some … Continue reading

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What to Watch When You’re Watching At Home: The Friends of Eddie Coyle

Weary. That’s how I would describe Robert Mitchum. Even when he was a maniacal beast, as in Night of the Hunter or Cape Fear, he appeared to be carrying the weight of the world on those massive shoulders of his. … Continue reading

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Visualizing the Ethics of Violence in Sam Peckinpah’s “The Wild Bunch”

My previous post concerning Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds, violence, and the Italian Western generated an excellent discussion that revolved around what film, or a film, should or should not do with regard to a larger ethical responsibility.  As I noted … Continue reading

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Violent Style without Ethical Substance: “Inglourious Basterds” and the Italian Western

In F.T. Rea’s post of favorite Westerns, Rea cleverly and accurately assigned each film with a word: High Noon is about honor. Lonely Are the Brave is about freedom. Stagecoach is about survival. Treasure of the Sierra Madre is about … Continue reading

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When the Man Comes Around

Machete is one mean bastard. A former member of Mexico’s elite Federales, he’s handy with gun, with boot, with fist and forearm, and, of course, with the giant knife from which he’s taken his name. I might add that it … Continue reading

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