TV: The Wire Season 4

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What about the kids? While there’s a lot going on in season four of The Wire, looking at the season from a whole, the story of the kids often eclipses many of the storylines in terms of power, potency and relevance. It’s a critical look without being cynical, a representation of an urgent problem without being alarmist. Continue reading

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TV: The Wire 4.12-4.13

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4.12 That’s Got His Own

The Wire isn’t the kind of show to pull a bait and switch or a misdirect, so it’s surprising that this episode starts out with one. But in true The Wire fashion, when it does do one, it’s excellent. Michael being chased by Chris and Snoot turns out to actually be a training run. While Michael gets a taste for the game, Namond reaches the point of being sick of it. He’s not his father. Continue reading

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Published: Fiction Criticizing Reality

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The first chapter of my thesis on Abbas Kiarostami is now published. The chapter looks at the films Close-Up, And Life Goes On and Through the Olive Trees and examines how the films blend documentary and fiction filmmaking in order to critique the idea of film capturing reality.

You can read it over at CINEJ Cinema Journal
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The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

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Beautiful speeches are interrupted by spats of obscenities, a wonderful portrait is replaced with a gaudy sketch of two women fornicating, and a once glorious hotel ages into a gaudy mausoleum. At times, the liberal use of the vulgar and profane seems little more than a means to induce laughter. However, as the film develops, there becomes a point to it all, a beautiful, wondrous reason for all the dirty jokes and foul language. In the midst of all the obscenities, there is a man. Continue reading

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Noah (2014)

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As a young child, one of my favorite things to watch was Father Noah’s Ark, one of Disney’s many shorts produced from 1929-1939 known as Silly Symphonies. It’s a goofy little film in which the animals help Noah build the ark, set, in part, to Beethoven. There’s a melodramatic scene where Noah and his family sing, hands raised, and I used to my raise my hands with them, singing along. And while I loved it as a child, as an adult, this interpretation of the story makes me cringe. Continue reading

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