Posts tagged as: Alfred Hitchcock

‘Carnage’ slaughters dialogue with theatrics

‘Carnage’ slaughters dialogue with theatrics

Two of cinema’s key advantages as a medium are its mastery of space and time, and its impression of reality. These two traits are not necessarily related: after all, in reality we often find ourselves stuck in one space for hours on end. Unlike theatre, though, cinema offers the possibility to change location frequently, and […]

Source Code (2011)

Source Code (2011)

What would it be like if Alfred Hitchcock directed an episode of “Quantum Leap” with a script based on “Groundhog Day”? Well, it wouldn’t turn out exactly like “Source Code,” but it’d be pretty close. Duncan Jones (or Zowie Bowie if you prefer) wowed audiences lucky enough to catch his debut sci-fi thriller “Moon” (2009) […]

TMA’s 100 Greatest Movies of All Time

TMA’s 100 Greatest Movies of All Time

You will not like something about this list.  In your mind, undeserving inclusions and unthinkable omissions probably abound.  That is as it should be.  Film, for all the scholarship, expertise and pretense that surrounds it, remains, like all art, firmly subjective.  Feel free to tell us what we missed, what we misplaced, or congratulate us on a […]

Artful dodger: A brief analysis of Anton Corbijn’s ‘The American’

Artful dodger: A brief analysis of Anton Corbijn’s ‘The American’

Well well well, finally a George Clooney film without “George Clooney.”  Indeed, “The American” is a film without much claim to plot, action or dialogue and is yet a compelling watch. I was seduced by its atmospherics and ambition.  Anton Corbijn not only has a cool name but has also directed the luminous love letter […]

Alone in Bad Company: A Dissection of Martin Scorsese’s ‘Shutter Island’

Alone in Bad Company: A Dissection of Martin Scorsese’s ‘Shutter Island’

Martin Scorsese has seen it all. After a two-score year long journey in which he had experienced the highs and the lows of the business, the director has frequently been hailed “America’s greatest living filmmaker” in recent years and was finally even awarded the elusive Academy Award for Best Achievement in Directing for “The Departed” […]

TMA FilmCast #28 – Shutter Island, The Crazies

TMA FilmCast #28 – Shutter Island, The Crazies

What happens when Martin Scorsese, the master of personal, gritty, nuanced filmmaking decides to make a schlocky, B-movie-style, psychological thriller? You get a delicately constructed, multi-layered ode to the classics of Hollywood cinema, of course.   Hitchcock, Kubrick and all the greatest elements of the noirs and suspense pictures of the 1940s and 50s are […]

Shutter Island (2010)

Shutter Island (2010)

Martin Scorsese, often cited as our greatest living director, is having something of a late-career crisis.  He stormed onto the New Hollywood scene in the late 60s equipped with a singular vision, an intimate knowledge of crippling guilt and human nuance and the god-given talent to turn it all into truth-bearing films on par with […]

Revered and Reviled: D.W. Griffith’s ‘The Birth of a Nation’

Revered and Reviled: D.W. Griffith’s ‘The Birth of a Nation’

“We do not fear censorship, for we have no wish to offend with improprieties or obscenities, but we do demand, as a right, the liberty to show the dark side of wrong, that we may illuminate the bright side of virtue – the same liberty that is conceded to the art of the written word […]

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