I recently watched ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ just before watching some gameplay of World Of Warcraft and something clicked. My criticisms of the movie were based on assumptions from the ‘old’ way of watching movies and it should really be viewed in a different light, the same way colour film had to viewed differently to black and white films. So why do I think ‘The Hobbit’ is more videogame than movie?
There’s nothing the Oscars like better than making history and making headlines, so the announcement that “Aningaaq”, a short film made as a Blu-Ray extra for “Gravity” , is being submitted for the Short Film Oscar is just the latest news to cement the Cuarón father and son pairing as Hollywood’s dream team of the moment. Continue reading →
“The Room” is one of the finest examples of post-modern filming in the last decade. Like most examples of post-modern artwork, understanding it requires one to relinquish any conventions of cinema. Tommy Wiesau relinquishes many such as good acting, comprehensible dialogue and believable characters. The end result is a piece of cinema that questions the notions of film as an effective narrative medium and challenges the Hollywood film industry through its unrelenting rejection of so called “good” filmmaking.
“Django Unchained”, the latest film from Quentin Tarantino, has provoked a lot of controversy as usual. At this point in his career the biggest controversy he can now commit is making an uncontroversial film, which wouldn’t be his style at all.
He has been attacked for making the film too violent, too anti-white and too anti-black. It seems he can never win, but what’s behind each if these criticisms?