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REVIEW: The Truth About Rashomon

Posted by Zach Davis on Sunday, May 26, 2013, In : 0.00% Water 
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Directed By: Akira Kurosawa

Starring: Toshiro Mifune, Machiko Kyo, Masayuki Mori, Takashi Shimura, Minoru Chiaki, Kichijirô Ueda, and Noriko Honma

Rashomon achieves the ultimate standard for cinema and art in general.  The movie is certainly entertaining.  At the same time, however, it's one truly thought-provoking film.  Director Akira Kurosawa's cinematic work marks a major step in bridging the silent film era and the modern age of filmmaking (I.e. talkies).  His minimalist...

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REVIEW: Double Indemnity Casts a Shadow Over Fraud and Murder

Posted by Zach Davis on Sunday, May 5, 2013, In : 0.03% Wine Coolers 
Double Indemnity
Zach Davis

Directed By: Billy Wilder
Starring: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Jean Heather, and Byron Barr
Double Indemnity is a true noir film.  It is told through a narrative form and relies heavily on light and shadow.  When the noir genre was first booming, Billy Wilder was regarded as the prime inventor of this technique of using light and shadow, which ultimately became key to any noir film.  Scenes cast in extreme shadow advance the mystery and dar...

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REVIEW: Rebecca, a More Dramatic Feel From the Master of Suspense

Posted by Zach Davis on Sunday, April 7, 2013, In : 0.03% Wine Coolers 
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Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

Starring: Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders, Judith Anderson, Florence Bates

Rebecca is not your typical suspense film, but that doesn't mean director Alfred Hitchcock fails to deliver a dark, mysterious ride.  What sets this apart is that Hitchcock is charged with the daunting task of building the film’s plot and thrills around a woman who is long dead before the movie even takes place.  With moving track shots of Manderley, a larg...

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REVIEW: The Informer Doesn’t Keep It a Secret. This is a Great Movie

Posted by Zach Davis on Tuesday, September 18, 2012, In : 0.00% Water 

The Informer
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Directed By: John Ford

Starring: Victor McLaglen, Heather Angel, Preston Foster, Margot Grahame, Wallace Ford, and Una O’Connor

The Informer marked the first of four Oscars for John Ford, the most won by any director.  There is a very interesting flow to the movie.  As talkies had only been around for a little less than a decade, sound techniques had not quite been standardized when this movie came out in 1935.  When the film starts, it actually resembles a silent fi...

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