In American Sniper, In Bryan Harvey, In Chris Kyle, In Clint Eastwood, In Films, In Teach
June 29, 2015
|Wait, so you're telling me, Bradley Cooper, that I'm not the real Chris Kyle?|
I finally watched Clint Eastwood’s Oscar-nominated American Sniper (2014). I had avoided the film largely because I thought it would be impossible to view it on its own terms, rather than as a lynchpin in political debates over U.S. foreign policy or arguments over the role of art in depictions of war. I thought perhaps enough time had passed since the furor of Oscar-season that I could hash the film out of opinion’s rubble and view for what it is. I admit such a task is probably foolhardy and vain on my part, but, regardless, what I found in American Sniper is a rather mundane film for its lack of ambition and attempts to avoid controversy.
In Bryan Harvey, In Cinematography, In Films, In Mike Leigh, In Mr. Turner, In Teach, In Timothy Spall
June 27, 2015
|See if you can find the man in a red & white stripes.|
Mr. Turner (2014) is a seemingly slow and methodical film. The consumption of which at two and a half hours is a rather daunting task. After all, the closest the film comes to offering either goblin or cave troll to its audience members is the perpetual grunting of its title character (played by Timothy Spall). And yet to reshape the film by cutting time or to have made its pace anything quicker than a stroll would have been to photo shop director and writer Mike Leigh’s vision into something compressed and claustrophobic.
In Animal Farm, In books, In Bryan Harvey, In John Reed, In Orwell, In Satire, In Snowball's Chance, In Teach
June 23, 2015
John Reed's novella is no longer new and neither is it old. Published originally in 2002 by Roof Books, Snowball's Chance begins "The old pigs were dying" (3)--Napoleon included. The death of the old totalitarian regime creates a porous opportunity for Snowball's return. And he does, with a goat at his side.
In Bryan Harvey, In Detroit Red Wings, In Films, In hockey, In Leviathan, In Red Army, In Russia, In Teach, In USSR