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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Howl: pushing the boundaries of documentary genre

Before James Franco proclaimed his man crush for Seth Rogen in This is the End, there was...

Howl (2010)

I wrote this essay October 29, 2012 for a graduate level class. You can read the whole essay here.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Revolver: an incoherent mess of powder and chess

One of these things... 

Revolver (2007)

...Is not...

Snatch (2000)

...Like the other.

Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

If a film is bad, who do you blame? Chances are you blame the director because we believe he is the leader on set and that it is his vision behind the camera. Before the success of Sherlock Holmes, British director and screenwriter Guy Ritchie was first known for Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) and Snatch (2000). In examining his older films, I have seen how his earlier works have influenced what some claim to be his second worst film Revolver. Revolver is hard to understand because it is filled with a lot of details such as subtext, cluttered scenes, and multiple storylines. Using film noir and auteur theory, I examine Guy Ritchie’s film Revolver.

See the full essay written March 26, 2013 here.