Les Yeux Sans Visage / Eyes Without a face

Les Yeux Sans Visage / Eyes Without a face

A parent’s love knows no boundaries. A father would cross to the ends of the earth if it meant his daughter could be happy, but what if it is not love driving him, but instead guilt? In a 1960 thriller based on the novel, Les Yeux Sans visage, or Eyes Without a Face,...

Hiroshima Mon Amour / Hiroshima My Love

Hiroshima Mon Amour / Hiroshima My Love

In Hiroshima Mon Amour, directed by Alain Resnais in 1959, time is altered within the film to discuss how it can impact love and loss. Resnais beautifully portrays the psychological effects heartbreak can have on a person through a love affair of an unnamed man and woman.

A Bout de Souffle / Breathless

A Bout de Souffle / Breathless

The classic tragedy: The hero wants something more in life, goes to search for it, overcomes the roadblocks, slowly sees the plan start to fail, and finally meets their demise. For a character in Jean-Luc Godard’s 1960’s film, A Bout de Souffle, or in English,...

Le Quatre Cent Coups / The 400 Blows

Le Quatre Cent Coups / The 400 Blows

François Truffaut’s 1959 semi-autobiographical film, Le Quatre Cent Coups – or its English translation, The 400 Blows – is a window into what his adolescence was like, showing the harmful effects of neglectful parents.

Dance as Storytelling in School Daze & Do the Right Thing

Dance as Storytelling in School Daze & Do the Right Thing

Spike Lee uses dance as an illustrative mode of storytelling throughout his filmography, and in School Daze (1988) and Do the Right Thing (1989), as a vehicle for the disenfranchised, persecuted, and misunderstood. This visual essay analyzes scenes School Daze’s “Good and Bad Hair” dance number and Do the Right Thing’s opening credits sequence.

Reflecting upon Race Relations in Spike Lee’s Opening Credit Sequences

Reflecting upon Race Relations in Spike Lee’s Opening Credit Sequences

One of the more overlooked aspects of Spike Lee’s filmmaking may be his opening credit sequences and how they establish a message he has delivered numerous times in his career.  This visual essay from Joe Van Ryn and Dylan Johnson examines Lee’s title sequences for School Daze, Do the Right Thing, and Malcolm X.

Spike Lee: The Musical Effectiveness of Do the Right Thing

Spike Lee: The Musical Effectiveness of Do the Right Thing

Perhaps the most effective and impressive aspect of Spike Lee’s films is their creative and unique use of music. In this visual essay, Harrison McCormick and Chris Schroeder look at Lee’s most recognizable film, Do the Right Thing, for within it lies perhaps his greatest and most effective use of music.

They Shall Not Grow Old: An Immersive Experience

They Shall Not Grow Old: An Immersive Experience

Released in 2018, Peter Jackson’s World War One documentary They Shall Not Grow Old recalls the events of the war through soldiers’ personal accounts, humorous anecdotes, and firsthand battle descriptions, and in the process tells an exciting and entertaining story along the way.

Tiny Shoulders: Rethinking Barbie in the 21st Century

Tiny Shoulders: Rethinking Barbie in the 21st Century

Diving into the story of the iconic doll, Tiny Shoulders: Rethinking Barbie captures a pivotal time in Barbie’s life: a time where more and more people respect and want to see greater diversity represented in culture and society, and expect child influences–like Barbie–to reflect that.

Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes

Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes

From 1974 to 1978, infamous serial killer Ted Bundy murdered more than 30 women in seven different states. Joe Berlinger’s Netflix docuseries Conversations with a Killer focuses on how the public and police did not suspect Bundy based on his apparently normal and attractive outward appearance, examining how easily investigators and victims could both be misled.

Shirkers: A Film 26 Years in the Making

Shirkers: A Film 26 Years in the Making

Shirkers was to be a punk-art 1992 movie made by teenagers and their adult mentor, until he spontaneously kidnapped the footage and disappeared. In 2018, Sandi Tan’s film looking back at those events, also named Shirkers, is one of the most idiosyncratic documentaries the year.

The Interpreters: The War Story You Need to Hear

The Interpreters: The War Story You Need to Hear

Directed by New York-based filmmakers Andres Caballero and Sofian Khan, The Interpreters follows the successes, struggles, and tragedies that its subjects–Iraqi and Afghan interpreters Malik, Mujtaba, and Phillip–experience as they attempt to obtain visas and escape with their families to the U.S.

Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes

Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes

From 1974 to 1978, infamous serial killer Ted Bundy murdered more than 30 women in seven different states. Joe Berlinger’s Netflix docuseries Conversations with a Killer focuses on how the public and police did not suspect Bundy based on his apparently normal and attractive outward appearance, examining how easily investigators and victims could both be misled.

The Interpreters: The War Story You Need to Hear

The Interpreters: The War Story You Need to Hear

Directed by New York-based filmmakers Andres Caballero and Sofian Khan, The Interpreters follows the successes, struggles, and tragedies that its subjects–Iraqi and Afghan interpreters Malik, Mujtaba, and Phillip–experience as they attempt to obtain visas and escape with their families to the U.S.

Gaelynn Lea: The Songs We Sing

Gaelynn Lea: The Songs We Sing

A short film documentary on a Minnesota traveling musician and disability activist, Gaelynn Lea: The Songs We Sing captures both Lea’s story as a musician overcoming disability and the wilderness of Duluth, mixing together to create a beautiful story both visually and thematically.

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