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When we watch a film, our ears and eyes are working in tandem. Audiences may be led to believe that is the visuals which is the most important of the two. Sound, however, offers a type of mastery to the puppet that is the visual. Our eyes and ears are …

More than ever, audiences are aware story structure, and the traditional format of how plots unfold, particularly in major studio movies. But as David Fincher observed, this classic structure can keep storytellers tied down, instead of allowing them to…

Lauded and beloved, Richard Linklater’s ‘Before‘ Trilogy, comprised of “Before Sunrise,” “Before Sunset,” and “Before Midnight,” is characterized by its nuanced, evocative writing. The spontaneity of the lines in Richard Linklater’s trilogy…

Director Stanley Kubrick has left behind a filmography where each picture is unlike the last. In fact, the true commonality they all share is Kubrick himself. Varying his characters, settings, and stories, Kubrick is revered for his attention to detail…

In the year 2049, humanity has lost its spiritual connection to nature. We live among the artificially conceived and revel in a life of fabrications. This is the world director Denis Villeneuve brings audiences in “Blade Runner 2049.” As we…

David Fincher is an idiosyncratic filmmaker, and his particularly style and approach to the craft make him difficult to pigeonhole. Part of what makes Fincher unique is his connection to unconventional storytelling. There is a movement to his films tha…

This year, the Academy Award Best Picture nominees are definitely one of the most diverse groups in recent memory. With films like “The Post,” “Darkest Hour,” and “Phantom Thread” sitting next to the likes of “The Shape of Water,” “Lady Bird,” and “Get…

The biopic or true story film is always a draw for audiences. Seeing recreated scenes and historialc figures presented on screen offers a moment to relive actual events. Beneath the sweeping music and added dramatic license, exist nuances that are rive…

A film imparts a story to its audience. But how is that story told? In asking this, what way do we see that story? Often audiences are concerned with the image on the screen and not necessarily taking in, along with the information in the diegetic spac…

Mazes have been used symbolically to demonstrate a deeper understanding of the human experience. There is a search for a center and obstacles showing themselves at each turn. A gateway to reflection, mazes offer commentary that goes beyond the explorat…