Issue number three of A Newcomer’s Guide to La Nouvelle Vague – each film will take us through emotional stories about happiness, death, and absence. I hope that this set of films will be added to your watch list for a rainy day!
This 1963 short film, La Jetée, directed by Chris Marker, takes us through his creative, original vision of time travel where a man realizes he witnessed his own death. Marker triumphantly conceives a complex narrative and representation of time through the use of just still photos.
Le Fou Follet, or The Fire Within in English, is a 1963 film directed by Louis Malle. The story follows a writer who has overcome his alcoholism with rehabilitation, however, he still suffers greatly from depression and anxiety. He decides to take his own life, but he visits some friends in Paris before he does. Trigger warning: this essay presents ideas about suicide, depression and contains images depicting both, as the film’s message and plot centers around them.
Les Parapluies de Cherbourg – or The Umbrellas of Cherbourg – directed by Jacques Demy in 1964, is a movie that doesn’t have any musical numbers or backup dancers, but its dialogue is all one long song. It is so colorful and bright, leaving you with a skip in your step when you finish watching it.
In the 1962 film, Cléo from 5 to 7, Agnès Varda directs her rendition of what it feels like to wait for a test result. Through the character of Florence or Cléo, played by Corinne Marchand, she experiences the ups and downs of waiting within two hours but finds relief in someone who she never expected.
A look at Netflix’s latest play at a “mystery” movie, Enola Holmes (2020) stars Millie Bobby Brown as it’s lead with other notable cast members, but that may be its most memorable takeaway.
Based on a novel of the same title by Donald Ray Pollock, The Devil All the Time (2020) directed by Antonio Campus, is the thriller film we have been waiting for this year. Based in rural America, starting from the end of World War II, the film touches on many difficult topics such as suicide, gender oppression, cancer, sexual assault, and toxic religion, starring Tom Holland and Robert Pattinson.
Pandemics. Protests. Politics. What’s it like to be back on campus in 2020? We want to tell the story–and for you to contribute!
Film Studies majors Joe Eichele and Brynn Artley start off the Fall 2020 semester with a report from their documentary production class where students are working with Ambient House Productions.
Like the earlier Adventures of Robin Hood, Rouben Mamoulian’s 1940 The Mark of Zorro’s elaborate production, narrative tropes, cultural politics, and action sequences similarly work to renounce economic inequality.
1945’s Captain Kidd is an often-overlooked swashbuckler adventure film. With its use of characters, comedy, and action it strives to simply tell a thoroughly fun adventure story for simplicity’s sake.
Despite its apparent criticism of the objectification of women, Irving Pichel and Ernest B. Schoedsack’s 1932 film “The Most Dangerous Game” falls prey to the misogyny found so often in action and adventure films, reducing its only female character to a damsel-in-distress archetype as well as implicit affirming its antagonist’s ideology.
Being nominated at the 92nd Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects, The Lion King (2019) directed by Jon Favreau sought to bring new life to an old Disney classic. And it is a stunningly beautiful movie – too bad the rest of the movie falls short.
Joker is highlighted by a gob-smacking performance from Joaquin Phoenix, thematic and stunning cinematography, and social commentary on mental health on a societal level.
We’ll be showing One Week Job as the final film in our Careers, Conflicts, and Callings series Nov. 7th, in SLC 120. Sean Aiken himself will be our special guest to introduce the film, answer questions, and discuss his experience.
The premiere of the highly anticipated Disney live-action, Mulan (2020), is now in the midst of major controversy after falling flat on several different aspects in the eyes of both the public and critics.
In this episode of The Professor, emotions run high as students compete for attention and cope with that most dreaded of tasks: the group project. Who will get the “final A”?
1917 is one of the most talked-about films of the year. But besides for the masterful technical work, how does the war film measure up?
An unpredictable film covering the struggle that aging actors faced in the 1960’s, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood employs many of the era’s techniques and invites its viewers to reminisce while foreshadowing the violence that lurks in Hollywood’s shadows.
Paying homage to the classic Siskel and Ebert review show: At the Movies, Noah Mruz and Harrison McCormick discuss the latest and greatest Eddie Murphy Film.
Lorene Scafaria’s Hustlers (2019) brings together a great team of A-List talents, but ultimately, leaves a lot to be desired both its ideological message and its cinematography. In the end, the only thing Hustlers will be hustling is your time and money.
This cheesy love story will bring viewers back to their high school days with its awkward relationships and confrontation of bullying.
Chucky gets his very own remake 31 years later, one with cool effects and creepy surprises, with talents from Mark Hamill and Aubrey Plaza.
Between Two Ferns: The Movie is Zach Galfianakis’s latest attempt of translating his online comedy series into a full feature film, doing so with minimal character development but enough jokes to leave any viewer with tears in their eyes.
The Mountainfilm festival’s theme for the 41st year is equity, meaning equal opportunities for everyone. Erik Osterholm’s Ascending Afghanistan focuses on thirteen Afghani women mountaineers pushing through the setbacks women in their country face.
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