Category Archives: film

Ray Harryhausen

Ray Harryhausen died today. He was an intrepid animator devoted to stop action. This is the tedious and painstaking technique of minutely moving parts of objects/models, taking a single frame, and then minutely moving them again, taking another single frame, … Continue reading

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Albert Nobbs

Spring break is nearly over and JB and I spent a great deal of time in the evenings watching films (thank you, Netflix). We saw two Japanese films, I Wish and Adrift in Tokyo, the Korean film Walking on the … Continue reading

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Voice over

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Amour

Much has already been written about Haneke’s Amour and its unflinching look at the end of life, its superb acting, and exquisite filming and framing. There is probably not much I can add to the innumerable reviews, mostly praising, of … Continue reading

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Stanley Pickle

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Running from his Brides

Today is Buster Keaton’s Birthday (1895-1966). Here he is running from his brides in the famous chase sequence in Seven Chances.

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The clever Jeremiah McDonald

When my son sent me the link to the video (above), I knew there was more to the talents of Jeremiah McDonald. First, here’s a link to his website. There’s plenty to explore there. The following video is what he … Continue reading

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Tokyo Sonata

The following video is the ending of Tokyo Sonata by Kiyoshi Kurosawa (no relation to Akira), an incredibly poignant story about the disintegration of familial roles and relationships, routines, societal expectations, and the possibility for redemption, all clearly nested in … Continue reading

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Disney’s Taxi-Driver

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Michalek’s slow portraiture

David Michalek, a former commercial photographer, focuses on portraiture as inspiration for his art. The series, Portraits in Dramatic Time, feature actors in a dramatic sequence which lasts between 10 to 15 seconds. This 10 seconds is then slowed way … Continue reading

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