THE CRUEL ADDICTION OF HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT

Heaven Knows What is a transgressive film by way of its depiction of bodies and bodily harm; Ben and Joshua Safdie, who both helm the direction, never shy away from the film’s more visceral or intense scenes. The camera angle preferred here is the close-up, and the result is that the harmful drug use, and… Continue reading THE CRUEL ADDICTION OF HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT

MISTRESS AMERICA IS SPONTANEOUS ART

Whereas Frances Ha (2012) channeled the spirit of Francois Truffaut’s The 400 Blows (1959) Noah Baumbach’s latest film, Mistress America, continues Baumbach’s style of working off the French New Wave, specifically Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless (1960). With Breathless, Godard played with the rhythm of the film by way of dialogue and most notoriously, jump-cuts. There, dialogue… Continue reading MISTRESS AMERICA IS SPONTANEOUS ART

No Strings Attached: Anomalisa Review

The puppets in Anomalisa are more than just an aesthetic choice but are instead weaved into the film’s cinematic elements. Anomalisa, then, becomes more than just a film centered on technical gimmicks; Anomalisa uses its unique aesthetic to create and tell a story that is only possible through its use of puppetry. Charlie Kaufman both… Continue reading No Strings Attached: Anomalisa Review