• Donnie Darko
    Films/Movies/Cinema,  General

    Donnie Darko: Cult Film Or Trying Too Hard?

    SPOILER ALERT: PLEASE DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED THE FILM. THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS DETAILED DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF THE PLOT. “The three acts are separated by two ‘plot points’: events that thrust the plot in a new direction, leading into a new act of the screenplay. While the ‘Midpoint’ is a point approximately halfway through the film where the main character reaches his/her lowest point and seems farthest from fulfilling the need or objective. And finally the ‘Climax’ when the plot reaches its maximum tension and has resolution, one way or another.” (Syd Field, Screenplay and…

  • The Place Beyond The Pines
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    The Place Beyond The Pines (A film review)

    The Place Beyond The Pines is (for all its flaws) poetically haunting. It is depressing and heart-breaking. Are people capable of change? Can cycles be broken? One moment can change your life and the lives of those around you. Derek Cianfrance returns with another engrossing narrative following 2010’s brilliant Blue Valentine. Starring Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes and more, this is stunningly ambitious film that though doesn’t quite pull it off, should be lauded for its sheer scope and scale. Three storylines intersect over a linear narrative as lives collide, choices are made and fates sealed in Schenectady, New…

  • Superman
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    Man of Steel (A film review).

    Man of Steel was the most highly anticipated superhero movie of 2013 after the immense success of The Avengers and the Batman-trilogy-concluding The Dark Knight Rises last year. Directed by 300’s Zack Snyder, produced by none other than Christopher Nolan and written by David Goyer and Nolan (the team that worked on the Batman films), expectations were bound to be unfairly high. And though the film itself doesn’t reach those expected heights, there is much to enjoy in this reboot of DC Comics’ (and the world’s) original superhero. At this point, I’d like to clarify that Superman has never been…

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    Hugo, Midnight in Paris and The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    I’d imagine the whole world was one big machine. Machines never come with any extra parts, you know. They always come with the exact amount they need. So I figured, if the entire world was one big machine, I couldn’t be an extra part. I had to be here for some reason. And that means you have to be here for some reason, too. Hugo Cabret (Hugo, 20110) I found it to be one of the most beautiful metaphors for our existence in the world – every existence has a purpose, a reason, a potential. We just have to find…

  • Les Miserables
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    Les Miserables (Review) 2012

    A few confessions before I begin this review: A)    I’m not even midway through the original book yet, having only read the abridged version back in school. But I do know the characters and the general plot and story points. B)    I have not seen the stage version of Les Miserables but am a fan of musicals having seen The Sound of Music, The Lion King and The Phantom of the Opera at West End. That said, I’m not even remotely an expert in the field. C)    If you are not partial towards musicals or musical theatre, stop reading right…

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