Director Brian De Palma is a stylistic auteur who truly uses cinema as a visual art form. By strongly emphasizing the use of groundbreaking and eye-popping visuals as a storytelling device, he explores the meaning of making film with the use of visuals rather than dialogue as a storytelling device. The techniques he uses pushes the boundaries of typical cinema, and are not used as often in films today. Some of the motifs he frequently uses are slow-motion, split-screen, playing with [...]
Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street and Brian De Palma’s Scarface have considerable parallels. Both films follow the journey of two characters who achieve an abundance of success and then overcome by an overwhelming consumption of wealth and vices in excess. Many audiences revere Jordan Belfort and Tony Montana for succeeding in the achieving the ultimate American dream, overcoming humble beginnings to procure a life of dreams where money is no object. But through [...]
Not every holiday movie has to be as sugary sweet as the Christmas cookies you eat. Sick of the classics like Elf or It’s A Wonderful Life and want something completely different? Maybe something a little more appropriate for Santa’s naughty list? Here are a few unconventional Christmas movies, either set during the holiday season or with at least one yuletide scene.
Perhaps the most notorious and most celebrated of [...]
Emmy-nominated True Detective director Cary Fukunaga will helm a film adaptation of Stephen King’s horror novel. It has been previously adapted as a miniseries with Tim Curry as the titular horrifying clown Pennywise. Producer Dan Lin stated that the plan is to split King’s 1000 plus pages novel into two films.
“The book is so epic that we couldn’t tell it all in one movie and service the characters with enough depth.” said Lin. The first film will be a [...]
Marvel fans were whipped into a frenzy when Marvel Studios held a special event in Hollywood, where President Kevin Feige announced their upcoming plans for the beloved and overwhelmingly successful Cinematic Universe. Titled Phase 3, the next five years will be filled with brave heroes and dastardly villains alike, featuring both big-screen hero debuts and the return of longtime audience favorites.
What’s on the calendar? We’ve got sequels to successful blockbusters [...]
Ever since his smash hit Se7en, David Fincher has been one of Hollywood’s most skilled and artistic directors. From the nihilism of Generation X in Fight Club to the dawn of the millennial in The Social Network, Fincher is a generation-defining director. One who studies and captures the ideas of human loneliness and struggle for a connection in the modern world. Let’s take a look of some of the best (in my humble opinion) scenes from a few of his films.