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Nov 21, 2014

Tilda Swinton for Snowpiercer please. Did anyone else give a fantastic performance using a shoe as a visual aid in their fascistic explanation of social dominance? No, no they did not. WHY IS NO ONE TALKING ABOUT MARION COTILLARD?

- Tobi Ogunyemi, on 'You Have to Make the Movie to Win an Oscar: My Oscar Wish List'

The Power of Bicycle Thieves

by Tobi Ogunyemi
Located in: Ambitionland - Analysis

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Tobi has alluded to his Top 100 list of films of all-time and mentioned how his fellow Cinema Studies alum Michelle Heikkila admonished him for leaving out Vittoria De Sica's masterpiece, Bicycle Thieves. A glaring mistake, but one that he looks to correct.

Analyzing the film's historical background - along with the movement of Italian-neorealism - the film touches on how powerful its influence and execution is even to this day in regards to modern sensibilities. De Sica's classic has a masterful hold on the differences, fusion of plot and story and needless to say, the film should be on everyone's list.

Categories Analysis Blog Entry Tags Bicycle Thieves Vittorio De Sica Italian neo-realism film noir plot story

Interstellar - Film Review Form

by Tobi Ogunyemi
Located in: Features - Film Reviews

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Christopher Nolan's latest film, the science fiction blockbuster on the epic canvas Interstellar, is now out starring a number of Oscar-winners and nominees in Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine and a supported by a loaded cast overall.

We filled out our standard film review form and we have to admit, this was a tumultuous review to fill out because this is a tumultuous picture to watch. You'll have to read it for yourself but all we're going to say is we might stay away from Dylan Thomas for a while.

Categories Film Reviews Tags film review Interstellar Christopher Nolan Matthew McConaughey Anne Hathaway Jessica Chastain Mackenzie Foy film review form

You Have to Make the Movie to Win an Oscar: My Oscar Wish List

by Tobi Ogunyemi
Located in: Ambitionland - Blogs

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While we're in the crux of the awards season - it ends eventually, we think - we wanted to touch on a number of films that due to a number of reasons (timing, genre, boredom, etc.) will be passed over or not even remembered as the awards keep piling up. Looking at some pieces of great work that aren't rotated continously in the echo chamber of social discussion, we touch on James Gray's The Immigrant, Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin, David Michôd's The Rover, Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel and many others well-deserving films.

Including Tom Hardy and his Welsh accent in Locke, Tilda Swinton in everything she does in Snowpiercer and Marion Cotillard. Why is no one talking about Marion Cotillard? We won't stop asking this question because it needs to be asked.

Categories Blog Entry Tags Oscars awards season Academy Awards Oscars discussion wish list The Grand Budapest Hotel Wes Anderson Ralph Fiennes The Immigrant James Gray Marion Cotillard Joaquin Phoenix Jeremy Renner The Rover David Michôd Guy Pearce Robert Pattinson Under the Skin Jonathan Glazer Scarlett Johansson Tom Hardy Best Actor Best Supporting Actress Tilda Swinton Snowpiercer

Nightcrawler - Review

by Luigi Murri
Located in: Features - Film Reviews

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Screenwriter Dan Gilroy presents his directorial debut with Nightcrawler, starring (and producer) Jake Gyllenhaal as Louis Bloom, a single-minded social climber who falls into the world of nightcrawling in filming accidents, crimes and anything else in regards to 'if it bleeds, it ledes'.

Luigi Murri reviews the dramatic black comedy which shows Gyllenhaal in a whole new, frightening and very dynamic light.

Categories Blog Entry Film Reviews Tags review film Nightcrawler Jake Gyllenhaal Dan Gilroy Riz Ahmed Robert Elswit

Faith, Feminism and Mythology in the Alien Franchise Correspondence

by Alisa Allkins and Jonathan Ross
Located in: Ambitionland - Analysis

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The Alien franchise is one of our favorites of all-time (we may or may not talk about the one that David Fincher definitely doesn't talk about) and two of our contributors - Alisa and Jonathan, who are big fans of themselves - sat down to share their thoughts on the franchise and Ridley Scott's Prometheus that touches on what they like and enjoy of the franchise, various themes such as the iconic role and influence of Ellen Ripley, feminism, the action of faith and much, much more.

Categories Analysis Discussion Tags discussion correspondence Alien franchise Alien Aliens Ellen Ripley Sigourney Weaver Ridley Scott feminism Prometheus

Oct 18, 2014

Psychoanalysis and the Oedipal Trajectory of Drive

by Danny Santos
Located in: Ambitionland - Analysis

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There is a lot that goes on within the framework of Nicolas Winding Refn's stylish neo-noir thriller from 2011; aside from the '80s relishes, the slow motion, Cliff Martinez's soundtrack and much more, the film can also be seen within a revealing and in-depth psychoanalytic lens to the relationship between Ryan Gosling's Driver, Carey Mulligan's single mother in Irene, Kaden Leos' as her young and impressionable son Benicio, and Oscar Issac as Standard, the odd-man-out.

Between the escalating violence that these characters find themselves in, will they be able to create and establish the best nuclear family that they are capable of? And what will the roles be within that family?

As a bonus Drive feature, check out Salma Siddiqui's Star System piece she penned on The Driver as well!

Categories Analysis Tags Drive Nicholas Winding Refn Ryan Gosling Carey Mulligan critical studies psychoanalysis Oedipal Trajectory

Oct 15, 2014

Gone With the Wind, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, The Wizard of Oz and the 1939 Oscar Race

by Tobi Ogunyemi and Amber Stankoff
Located in: Podcasts - La Grande Illusion Podcast

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Following up on our discussion of Gone With the Wind's 75th anniversary, we turn to the whole year of 1939 and the 12th Academy Award race in general. Joined by the president of the Classical Hollywood Club in Amber Stankoff, we look at a lot of tidbits from the greatest year in Hollywood's history and questioning how well David O. Selznick's Best Picture winner would do in the race held today.

Speaking of today, we also touch on the current format of the Oscars, how the system actually (or maybe not actually works) and we touch on David Fincher's Gone Girl at the end as well.

Categories Discussion Film Podcasts Tags podcast discussion films classic films Hollywood 1939 Academy Awards Gone With the Wind Mr. Smith Goes to Washington The Wizard of Oz The Rules of the Game Best Actor Best Actress Best Director

Oct 3, 2014

Kevin Spacey Without His Hair Piece - Discussing Se7en, Gone Girl and David Fincher

by Craig Kennedy and Tobi Ogunyemi
Located in: Ambitionland - Analysis

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With the releasing of David Fincher's latest film in Gone Girl - starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike in an overall strong cast - the internet went into overdrive in looking at the films of Fincher's canon, and we did the same. Along with our good friend in Craig Kennedy of AwardsDaily, we looked at Fincher and what makes him and his films tick by rewatching his 1995 classic thriller in Se7en, looking at his other films (such as Zodiac, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Social Network), the influence his work has had in other mediums (in music videos and anime) and looking forward to what his adaptation of Gone Girl will bring.

Oh, and the Inherent Vice trailer is in here and if you want to watch it, it's fantastic!

Categories Analysis Blog Entry Tags David Fincher filmography films Se7en Gone Girl Alien 3 Fight Club The Game Zodiac The Curious Case of Benjamin Button The Social Network The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo director