1950s Hercules falls far from the tree
By Hermes • November 25, 2017
The muscleman-era film is hardly a faithful adaptation of the original Greco-Roman myth.
Ben-Hur: Different worlds intertwined
By Hermes • November 1, 2017
The classic film symbolizes the tension, and ultimate unification, of Roman and Jewish life.
Blade Runner 2049’s style bucks blockbuster trend
By Aristophanes • October 9, 2017
Rarely, if ever, do we see a big-budget film so intelligently composed.
Blade Runner: Expression through restraint
By Aristophanes • October 4, 2017
The long-awaited Blade Runner sequel is upon us. Here’s another look at the original’s iconic style.
Life of Pi: A film to make you believe in God
By Aristophanes • September 24, 2017
In Life of Pi, a boy travels across the sea as the viewer embarks on a spiritual odyssey.
The Graduate: How music sets a tone
By Aristophanes • September 23, 2017
The film’s soundtrack is subtle and rich, brimming with life but speaking of death.
Rebel Without a Cause: Melodrama as a stylistic mode
By Aristophanes • September 22, 2017
The film is about nothing — and that’s why it’s so brilliant.
How Hollywood can succeed in Japan
By Aristophanes • September 12, 2017
Japan houses the second-largest foreign market for American films. Hollywood should expand its dominance in the Land of the Rising Sun.
Citizen Kane’s prying lens
By Aristophanes • September 7, 2017
Orson Welles’ iconic film represents voyeuristic camerawork at its finest.
Nazi Germany knew how to edit
By Aristophanes • August 25, 2017
Propagandist films, such as Triumph of the Will, hijack the human psyche with associative editing.
Dr. Strangelove: Setting a scene with light and shadow
By Aristophanes • August 19, 2017
The 1960s comedy enhances its satire through stunning monochromatic cinematography.