Lessons from the Screenplay looks at how No Country for Old Men makes us put its story together instead of using dialogue alone. Characters are given depth and the plot is implied through actions, and the film’s progression clues the audience into its moral.
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“Watching a Lau Kar-leung film is similar to watching an illustrated guide or documentation of kung-fu and its philosophy.” The Museum of Modern Art’s La Frances Hui talks about the history of kung-fu films before breaking down the work of legendary filmmaker Lau Kar-leung.
Jacob T. Swinney and Fandor dive into the film trope of an object of desire that its characters are searching for, but the audience doesn’t necessarily care about. It can drive motivations and momentum, but as we’ve learned before, MacGuffin’s aren’t always the best plot device.
(Gore) ScreenPrism talks about the trademarks of a Coen Brothers film. It often starts with a crime that goes awry, and eventually punishment gets dealt but in a roundabout manner, with random acts and vile characters as the jury. But it’s not totally hopeless.
Screen Junkies finally takes on the mega movie of the year, and they only needed one part to do it. Watch and look back on Avengers: Infinity War, a movie about Thanos the color-changing rock collector, who’s also on a quest to erase blockbuster movie franchises.
(PG-13) “Waaaake Up!” It’s set in Brooklyn, the scenes and language are vibrant and colorful, there’s a shot where the characters glide, oh and Spike Lee’s in it. But there’s more to Lee’s films than that. So what else is in a Spike Lee joint? ScreenPrism breaks it down.
In most movies, the protagonist changes either for better or for worse. But it doesn’t mean that a character who hasn’t “learned his lesson” or “evolved” will be boring. Just Write shows how a staunch believer can still be an interesting and inspiring character.
Simon Pegg reunites with his Cornetto Trilogy buddy Nick Frost in this monster comedy. In Slaughterhouse Rulez, Pegg plays a substitute teacher at an elite boarding school. Mayhem unfolds when a mysterious sinkhole appears on school grounds. Premieres 10/31/18.
Zion Clark was born without legs. As a child, he was put up for adoption and bounced from foster home to foster home growing up. But he fell in love with wrestling and used that as his outlet. This documentary follows his story in high school. Premieres 8/10/18 on Netflix.
The Coen Brothers’ comedy masterpiece The Big Lebowski turned 20 this year. To celebrate, Universal is releasing a 4K ultra HD version on Blu-ray. There’s also a limited edition with a mini bowling bag and ball pen holder, cardigan disc cover, and a teensy rug. Drops 10/16/18.
Lessons from the Screenplay looks at two Mission: Impossible movies to show how they’re well laid out heist films. A large part of the movies lead up to a tense heist. Even though we know that the heroes are going to succeed, we’re still excited by it.
Our first look at Venom had people wanting more of the alien symbiote. The second trailer does just that – perhaps too much. Watch it to see Eddie Brock team up with his bloodthirsty friend, and a surprising hint of levity that was also not evident in the first trailer.
Our latest look at the film adaptation of the cyberpunk manga Battle Angel Alita. Alita has no memories of her past and a relatively frail body. Just as she starts to discover who she really is, her potential makes her a target for those who want her power.
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