Category Archives: film

Public Enemies

The tradition of the heist film is well known; a charismatic outlaw cleverly evades police, on a spree of robbery and violence until he goes down shooting in a dramatic showdown at the end of the film while shouting his … Continue reading

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‘Hamlet’ Holds a Mirror Up

The purpose of playing, whose end, both at the first and now, was and is, to hold as ’twere the mirror up to nature, to show virtue her feature, scorn her own image, and the very age and body of … Continue reading

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Agnès Varda

Agnès Varda’s career as a feminist filmmaker moves from the French New Wave and Left Bank movements to political modernism, portraying with sincerity the lives of women. From her first film, La Pointe Courte (1956), she combines realism with subjective … Continue reading

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RENT: From Stage to Screen

Chris Columbus’ 2002 film Rent translates the 1996 rock opera into cinematic language. The optimism and hope, combined with harsh social commentary, seething rock ballads and stirring human stories that is Jonathan Larson’s Rent is a challenge to modify for the screen. Using the … Continue reading

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Women and Spike Lee, I: Women as Sexual Objects

Despite Spike Lee’s many talents as a filmmaker, he still has a blind spot when it comes to women, portraying them in the same (or worse) terms as the white patriarchy his films react against. Female characters in his films … Continue reading

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

While Harry Potter fans will surely embrace this latest chapter in the young wizard’s journey, Mike Newell’s “Harry Potter and Goblet of Fire” fails as a faithful representation of the beloved book, or a coherent film. The stadium for the … Continue reading

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