Film Reviews and Commentary

MISE EN SEAN – Whiplash (2014)

Sean Hanson

December 6th, 2014

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Halfway through Whiplash, my colleague Joshua Purvis observed that its director must have a background in music because the rhythms, the editing, the compositions, and the camera flourishes are ......

MISE EN SEAN – Reservoir Dogs (1992)

Sean Hanson

December 5th, 2014

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“You ever listen to K-Billy’s Super Sounds of the ‘70s Weekend? It’s my personal favorite.” Mr. Blonde whips out his razorblade and begins dancing around his tied-up hostage as Stealers Wheel’s ......

Q&A – Crispin Hellion Glover, Filmmaker (Part 4)

Sean Hanson

November 21st, 2014

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Crispin Hellion Glover: unconventional actor, unconventional artist, unconventional filmmaker, and — not surprisingly — unconventional subject. Glover has directed two films, What is it? and It ......

Q&A – Crispin Hellion Glover, Filmmaker (Part 3)

Sean Hanson

November 20th, 2014

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Crispin Hellion Glover: unconventional actor, unconventional artist, unconventional filmmaker, and — not surprisingly — unconventional subject. Glover has directed two films, What is it? and It ......

Q&A – Crispin Hellion Glover, Filmmaker (Part 2)

Sean Hanson

November 19th, 2014

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Crispin Hellion Glover: unconventional actor, unconventional artist, unconventional filmmaker, and — not surprisingly — unconventional subject. Glover has directed two films, What is it? and It ......

Q&A – Crispin Hellion Glover, Filmmaker (Part 1)

Sean Hanson

November 18th, 2014

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Crispin Hellion Glover: unconventional actor, unconventional artist, unconventional filmmaker, and — not surprisingly — unconventional subject. Glover has directed two films, What is it? and It ......

MISE EN SEAN – Birdman: or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Sean Hanson

November 16th, 2014

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In Birdman: or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), an actor who once played a superhero confronts his failures while mounting a garish, melodramatic stage adaptation of Raymond Carver’s “What ......

MAGIC AND LOSS – Spirited Away (2001)

Tatsuya Goto

November 15th, 2014

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In October, I continued the discussion on Studio Ghibli’s directors’attitudes toward modernity with special focus on Cat Returns and Whisper of the Heart, both of which are directed by younger ......

McDANIEL’S MOVIE MOMENTS – The French Connection (1971)

Kyle McDaniel

November 11th, 2014

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The most remembered scene from William Friedkin’s Oscar-winning The French Connection (1971) exists as a pure rush of cinematic adrenaline. More recent films in the realm of the Fast and the ......

MISE EN SEAN – The Blue Room (2014)

Sean Hanson

November 7th, 2014

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Last winter, I watched a string of erotic thrillers from the ‘80s and ‘90s while I was snowed in, thinking I might write something about a disreputable subgenre that has all but disappeared from ......