Film Reviews and Commentary

DAYDREAMER’S NOTEBOOK – Death in Venice (1971)

Tatsuya Goto

November 4th, 2014

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Luchino Visconti’s Death in Venice is based on Thomas Mann’s novella of the same title, which was originally published in 1912. It is about a German composer, Gustav Aschenbach (Dirk Bogarde), ......

DAYDREAMER’S NOTEBOOK – The Top 10 Horror Films That Aren’t Actually Horror Films

Tatsuya Goto

October 30th, 2014

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As you know, it is traditional to don a costume (extra points for original creations), sicken yourself with sugary treats, and watch a horror flick with friends on Halloween. For those of you who ...

MISE EN SEAN – The Top 10 American-ish Indie-ish Horror-ish Films, 2000-2014

Sean Hanson

October 30th, 2014

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Way back in 1968, a young director named George A. Romero scraped together a cast of unknowns, a crew that had cut its teeth on industrial movies, and $114,000 — well, OK, it’s not like that was ......

Q&A – Kate Sullivan, Lane Community College

Sean Hanson

October 28th, 2014

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Film Genre: Horror is one of Lane Community College’s gems, a biannual 200-level course taught and curated by Kate Sullivan, who earned her Ph.D. at University of Oregon and hasn’t left Eugene ......

MISE EN SEAN – Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

Sean Hanson

October 24th, 2014

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A young married couple sit on the bare floor of their new apartment, lit by a lamp — the only thing they brought with them in advance of the move — and the glow of the city outside. “Hey, let’s ......

O’BOYLE, WHERE ART THOU? – The Skeleton Twins (2014)

Connor O'Boyle

October 17th, 2014

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Filmmakers tend to avoid tackling suicide, and who can blame them? It’s a tough subject, but we’ve all had our experiences with it, so it’s strange that this issue is taboo. Craig Johnson’s new ......

DAYDREAMER’S NOTEBOOK – The Conformist (1970)

Tatsuya Goto

October 13th, 2014

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Bernardo Bertolucci’s seventh feature film, The Conformist, was released right on the heel of Luchino Visconti’s The Damned (1969). Both movies explore Europe’s darkest moment; while Visconti ......

O’BOYLE, WHERE ART THOU? – Boyhood (2014)

Connor O'Boyle

October 13th, 2014

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“Who do you want to be, Mason? What do you want to do?” These are the questions posed to our main character and questions that we have asked ourselves time and time again on this journey we call ......

MISE EN SEAN – Stop Making Sense (1984)

Sean Hanson

October 10th, 2014

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“Hi. I’ve got a tape I want to play.” David Byrne sets the boombox down, presses play, picks up his guitar, strums the opening riff of “Psycho Killer,” bobs his head like a rooster as he sings ......

MAGIC AND LOSS – The Cat Returns (2002)

Tatsuya Goto

October 10th, 2014

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Last month, I discussed filmmaker Isao Takahata’s response to modernity, his style and his philosophy, and his creative influence as a co-founder of Studio Ghibli. Now it is time to examine how ......