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(Response Paper) The Evolution of Cinema and the Film Language with Alexandre Astruc

In response to: The Alexandre Astruc essay “The Birth of a New Avant-garde: La Caméra-Stylo” from the article originally printed in “L'Écran française” as "Du Stylo à la caméra et de la caméra au stylo"  A response paper for my Advanced Film Theory and Criticism class This 1948 essay by French film critic and film director Alexandre Astruc entitled “The Birth of a New Avant-garde: La Caméra-Stylo” reminded me of the wonders in the evolution of art and technology. It is natural to see

Blu-ray Review: ‘Empire of the Sun’ 25th Anniversary Edition

The 1987 World War II epic "Empire of the Sun" releases on a DigiBook package consisting of a Blu-ray disc and a DVD. This two-disc set serves as the film's 25th Anniversary Edition offering. A powerful portrait of lost innocence in a foreign land, this tale becomes a compelling adaptation of J.G. Ballard's best-selling, semi-autobiographical novel of the same title. The narrative reflects his own coming-of-age story about living as a prisoner in an internment camp at a young age. This cinematic

‘War of the Worlds’ Film Review: A movie about family and alien invasion

Steven Spielberg's movie version of "War of the Worlds" goes a more family-driven route than the H.G. Wells novel. The cinematic engagement one can get from "War of the Worlds" centers on its being a family story more than the alien invasion plot the title suggests. The narrative focuses more on family relationships while showing a glimpse of some American tanks and aircrafts mercilessly incinerated by three-legged, tripod-looking alien machines and extraterrestrial tentacles grabbing humans toward the worst end. With some blatant

An Epiphany: The issue on the Netflix film ‘Roma’ getting nominations at the Oscars

This decade is the Second Wave of the Digital Revolution in film and TV — It’s time to evolve. I read this post, alongside the many news reports about the 2019 Academy Awards lobbying for the qualification of the Alfonso Cuaron film “Roma,” being a Netflix film with minimal theatrical release: https://www.insidehook.com/article/movies/reality-bite-for-steven-spielberg-netflix-isnt-the-enemy-its-elitism Theory of evolution; survival of the fittest. My take, if you don’t evolve, you risk yourself of dying a natural death that may be way sooner than you expect. The issue

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