Tout va bien / Everything is Fine

Tout va bien / Everything is Fine

Jean Luc-Godard started filming Tout va Bien —which translates to “everything is fine”— in 1967, prior to the tumultuous French revolution in May of 1968, highlighting a strong political message through the film’s characters. The title is ironically humorous considering that during May of 1968 in France, everything was not, in fact, fine.

A Newcomer’s Guide to La Nouvelle Vague: Issue #5

A Newcomer’s Guide to La Nouvelle Vague: Issue #5

Voilà, welcome to issue number five of A Newcomer’s Guide to La Nouvelle Vague! As we move towards the end of this series on the French New Wave cinema, we will discuss films from directors Truffaut, Luc-Godard, and Resnais, with each film vastly different from the others.

Jules and Jim

Jules and Jim

Francois Truffaut’s 1962 film, Jules and Jim, centers around a pair of best friends named – you guessed it – Jules (Oskar Werner) and Jim (Henri Serre). The pair both fall for a woman named Catherine, but their relationship proves far more complicated than it appears. With a heartbreaking ending, this film presents life and love realistically; not everything is sunshine and rainbows, not even love.

Muriel, or The Time of Return

Muriel, or The Time of Return

Muriel, or The Time of Return, directed by Alain Resnais in 1963, is the follow up to Last Year at Marienbad (1961). Both films discuss the nature of time and how memories can truly haunt you forever. Near the end of this review, we also dive into Resnais’ past and personal style in filmmaking, including very specific editing and shooting styles.

Enola Holmes (2020)

Enola Holmes (2020)

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.

The Devil All the Time (2020): A Star-Studded Psychological Crime Melodrama

The Devil All the Time (2020): A Star-Studded Psychological Crime Melodrama

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.

Plein Soleil/Purple Noon

Plein Soleil/Purple Noon

In the 1960’s film Plein Soleil, or in English Purple Noon, directed by René Clément, there is scandal, love, jealousy, and an elaborate murder plan, all presented beautifully in vibrant color. You won’t want to miss a single second, between the close calls and Alain Delon’s stand-out features, there’s so much that the film has to offer.

Working with the Pros in Film 490

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.

The Most Dangerous Game (1932): Ironic Misogyny

The Most Dangerous Game (1932): Ironic Misogyny

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.

From the Oscars: The Lion King (2019)

From the Oscars: The Lion King (2019)

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.

From the Oscars: Joker (2019)

From the Oscars: Joker (2019)

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.

Any One of Us (2019, dir. Fernando Villena): Mountainfilm Review

Any One of Us (2019, dir. Fernando Villena): Mountainfilm Review

Going into the Mountainfilm 2019 screening of Any One of Us, nearly every audience member knew that professional mountain biker Paul Basagoitia was going to suffer a devastating accident leading to a spinal cord injury.  Fortunately, director Fernando Villena was very aware of this fact and used it to the film’s advantage.

Mountainfilm 2019 Symposium Review: Equity

Mountainfilm 2019 Symposium Review: Equity

At Mountainfilm, this year’s Moving Mountains Symposium was focused on the topic of Equity and featured speakers and entertainment along the way. This was the perfect time and place for the Symposium so we could hear all about the differences in the world–and how to address them.