2017 in Sight and Sound

Films Favourite Pictures 20. - Félicité (dir. Alain Gomis) The particularity and singularity of poverty, the suffering it magnifies, and the love it contorts. Gomis fashions the determination of movement and the need of stillness with remarkable power. 19. - John Wick 2 (dir. Chad Stahelski) Written about this one elsewhere, but as it ranks… Continue reading 2017 in Sight and Sound

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Carol (2015, dir. Todd Haynes)

From its opening shot Carol declares the world a prison, a place of constriction and immobility. The incapacity to move or the experience of obstacles in one’s way, delimiting the capacity to become mobile, underline the film; with the ideas expressed consistently in the blocking and framing of the characters in relation to the environments that they… Continue reading Carol (2015, dir. Todd Haynes)

Guardians of the Galaxy: A Joy in Destroying

Rocket: “Oh, that’s for the really hardcore stuff—like blowing up moons.” Gamora: “No one is blowing up moons.” Rocket: “You just want to suck the joy out of everything.” Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel’s latest installment in its cinematic universe, was released this past Friday to rave reviews and massive box office records ($90 million… Continue reading Guardians of the Galaxy: A Joy in Destroying

The Lone Ranger: A (Political-cum-Materialist) Review

The Lone Ranger has to be the least cathartic, borderline morbid, and yet, simultaneously, the most mature and challenging film Disney has produced in years—not to mention the best film I have seen, thus far, this summer. It's a film that is hard to enjoy, and rightly so. It presents the viewer with thematic content… Continue reading The Lone Ranger: A (Political-cum-Materialist) Review