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The Story of Film: An Odyssey by Thomas
December 11, 2013, 2:13 am
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Film critic Mark Cousins narrates this educational series on the history of cinema. Cousins takes a free flowing, abstract approach to the subject; his narration emphasizes formal and aesthetic innovation through the years.  That means he’s mostly focusing on independent or international movies, rather than classical Hollywood style.  Occasionally he’ll use the camera to demonstrate something about lenses or camera positioning, like a crash course in cinematography — a clever use of the medium to instruct us about itself.  Worth watching.

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The Story of Film: An Odyssey

Somebody Up There Likes Me (2012) by Thomas
December 4, 2013, 6:34 pm
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Thirty-five years of a diffident man’s charmed, yet unfulfilling life.  The nonsense plot moves at a dreamy pace, with blank performances and faux clever dialogue that apes Wes Anderson.  Also it’s shot digitally, in a way that looks flat and cheap.  Nick Offerman and a few other character actors provide hints of mirth, maybe even enough to lift the movie to a low Watchable?


Somebody Up There Likes Me

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