22 Jump Street
How to Train Your Dragon 2
First, well duh, mention that these are in fact sequels. That’s right, when a movie becomes a hit, it must be replicated, which means that the writing about it must be replicated as well.
In addition to the piles of material designed to attract the attention of investors, distributors and critics about the multitude of films available at this year’s Cannes Film Festival (at the market and the awards competition) was an eye-catching little instruction manual.
Under the Skin
Starring Scarlett Johansson; directed by Jonathan Glazer
I saw this strange movie the other night.
Strange and yet hypnotically alluring.
It was spare and not much happened.
Actually, more happens than appears on the surface.
Or, I should say, some blasé things happened and then some baffling things happened.
From the Book of Democrat, Chapters 6-12
Chapter 6: Noah Cometh
6:1: And the Democrats said, “Let there be enlightened public policies.”
From: Unknown Knowers
Date: April 12, 2014
Re: The Unknown Known, a documentary of former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld
I have been devastated by the recent cinematic news.
Indeed, the movie world has been reeling this past week, stunned by the recurring revelations.
It’s especially unsettling as I have essentially ignored the alleged personal transgressions of this cinematic artist for about 20 years. In essence, there was a public disclosure in the early 1990s that was largely forgotten until this past week when it tragically surfaced again and has been widely discussed. In between, this artist has been widely praised for his work, having been nominated many times for Academy Awards and even having his name read when the envelope was torn open.
Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara; directed by Spike Jonze,
Which one of these represents the authentic Politi-Flix reaction to this film? It’s a cinch. Just select the one with responses generated by an actual human being instead of the others, which were generated by a computer — an artificial intelligence composed of electronic circuits, algorithms and response parameters.
Oscar© has announced a slate of candidates he is running for the cinematic election that will be held on March 2, 2014. This date was moved up as there was controversy surrounding the previous date as well as emerging conflicts surrounding the dates of other award elections.
Oscar©’s ballot clearly represents the standard filmic party system, as the choices he has nominated for top honors are unsurprisingly typical. Oscar© has a narrow range of tastes that constrains what he is comfortable nominating and picking, which can be defined as conservative, safe and what he considers “Oscar©-worthy,” which is another way of saying he knows it when he sees it. It sure doesn’t leave room for the risky, experimental and progressive.
Blue is the Warmest Color
Starring Adèle Exarchopoulos, Léa Seydoux; directed by Abdellatif Kechiche
Male gaze: A feature of gender power asymmetry in film, the concept proposes that women are objectified in film because heterosexual men are in control of the camera. The male gaze occurs when the camera puts the audience into the perspective of a heterosexual man. It may linger over the curves of a woman’s body, for instance. The woman is usually displayed on two different levels: as an erotic object for both the characters within the film, as well as for the spectator who is watching the film. The man emerges as the dominant power within the created film fantasy. The woman is passive to the active gaze from the man. In mainstream cinema, this adds an element of patriarchal order as the male gaze typically takes precedence over the female gaze, reflecting an underlying power asymmetry. (Source: Wikipedia entry for the general term “Gaze”)
12 Years a Slave
Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Lupita Nyong’o, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt; directed by Steve McQueen