1917 (2019): A Highly Flawed Yet Ambitious War Epic

The idea of doing a film in all one shot is nothing new in 2020. Many films have been made to appear to look like one continuous shot, some famous examples include Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman and Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope, and then there are films that truly are filmed in one shot, such as AlexanderContinue reading “1917 (2019): A Highly Flawed Yet Ambitious War Epic”

Show Me Cinema #2: And Then We Danced (2019)

Right from the beginning of And Then We Danced, we sense that Georgia is a country steeped in tradition. The film begins with black-and-white documentary footage of Georgian dancers performing concerts all over the world are intercut with the first few opening credits, then it cuts to our main characters practicing their own dancing routines.Continue reading “Show Me Cinema #2: And Then We Danced (2019)”

Little Women (2019): A Fresh Take on a Classic Story

So let’s get this right out of the way; I have never read Louisa May Alcott’s original novel nor have I seen any of the prior adaptations. I think perhaps if I had grown up in an English-speaking country it might have been a different story, but I don’t think Little Women is held inContinue reading “Little Women (2019): A Fresh Take on a Classic Story”

Se7en (1995): A Descent Into the Inferno of Humanity

“Ernest Hemingway once wrote, ‘the world is a fine place and worth fighting for’. I agree with the second part”. Those are the final lines of dialogue uttered in David Fincher’s serial killer classic Se7en from 1995, spoken by Morgan Freeman’s character detective Somerset. Not only is the line incredibly profound, it speaks to theContinue reading “Se7en (1995): A Descent Into the Inferno of Humanity”

Fellini 100 Years – La Dolce Vita (1960)

For most of the 1950s, Federico Fellini experienced great success with personal yet stylized films that placed him as one of the major filmmakers in Italian neorealist cinema of post-WWII Europe. Films like I Vitelloni, La Strada and Nights of Cabiria were all extremely successful, both in Italy and abroad. But as Fellini approached aContinue reading “Fellini 100 Years – La Dolce Vita (1960)”

The Way Back (2010): A Story of Human Resilence

There is something inherently human about not giving up in the face of terrible odds. For some reason far beyond my capability of explanation, human beings simply won’t give up and will try to fight until the very end. So when a person encounters great difficulties and dangers, the person must overcome said dangers, andContinue reading “The Way Back (2010): A Story of Human Resilence”

Show Me Cinema #1: The Man on the Roof (1976)

Anyone who is Swedish will know that we have no shortage of crime or detective fiction. Film, television and literature has been dominated by the genre for at least 50 years and it’s still going strong. Many of them are almost interchangeable with one another and aren’t terribly interesting. But few of them are asContinue reading “Show Me Cinema #1: The Man on the Roof (1976)”

Children of Men (2006): The Importance of Hope

What would you do if there simply was no hope whatsoever? Many would probably answer that it’s better to fight for a better tomorrow and that things and circumstances can always change for the better. But what would you do if there simply was no hope for a tomorrow, or more precisely, no tomorrow forContinue reading “Children of Men (2006): The Importance of Hope”