The Drop

The Drop

In the testosterone-drenched film The Drop, director Michaël Roskam uses Dennis Lehane’s screenplay (his first), a fine supporting role from James Gandolfini (his last), and a puppy named Rocco to create the space for a career-defining performance from actor Tom Hardy.

In this his second film, Roskam’s artistry—seen full-blown in his Oscar-nominated Belgian-language film Bullhead (2011)—transfers well to the streets of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and cinematographer Nicolas Karakstansis’ early-winter palette provides the perfect canvas for Lehane’s muscular dialogue.

Leaving Circadia

Leaving Circadia

Leaving Circadia portrays extended adolescence no differently than what we’ve seen before with a pacing and style that doesn’t take any chances. This romantic comedy strives to bring home the point of pursuing American dreams, but the film fails to see past its own hypocritical plasticity as it is just as predictable and light-hearted as any other date-night American rom-com.

The Congress

The Congress

Equally clever and weird, The Congress examines the century-old fight for artistic autonomy by exploring the consumption of the celebrity through a contrarian message of hope in the film industry. Using both live-action footage and a plethora of animation styles, The Congress is bound to make an impact while joining the growing list of Hollywood satires.

The Giver

The Giver

For many middle-schoolers, The Giver was the first opportunity for readers to get a taste of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave and a bad taste for the ills of orthodoxy. The novel portrayed the travails of communist rhetoric about fairness and conformity with just a touch of magical realism. Fueled by the recent young adult film adaptations like Divergent, The Hunger Games, and even Harry Potter, the adaptation of The Giver falls into its own trap of “sameness”.

The One I Love

The One I Love

The One I Love is not like the other romantic comedies you may have seen. That’s because romance is overshadowed by the creepiness and whimsy of what could have been a simple Twilight Zone episode. In what might be one of the most original films of the year, The One I Love is relentless in its twists and compelling with its challenging plot.

>Friday Night Films at Eckerd College

Eckerd College’s International Cinema Series is upon us again, and the films scheduled for their Fall 2014 semester make Eckerd’s main campus the place to be on Friday nights.
 
Nathan Andersen, Associate Professor of Philosophy, and Christina Petersen, Associate Professor of Film Studies, have scheduled an array of films as engaging as any offered at the big­name festivals. Highlights include Pawel Pawlowski’s award­-winning Polish film Ida, Best Film winner 

God Forgive Us

God Forgive Us

God Forgive Us, Michael Bachochin’s new feature film, was originally shot as a short in November of 2013. Acting on the positive audience feedback, writer-director Bachochin and the film’s producers expanded the story into this high-quality feature. Audiences will be grateful they did.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy is among the many lesser-known Marvel properties and now it too has its own film adaptation. Since the series exists somewhat outside the Avengers and Spider-man franchises, this new world offers a fresh canvas compared to the tired superhero action genre, but the tricks and wonder are all the same. Exhibiting an unabashed sense of humor beyond structurally imperative comedic-relief, Guardians features the same cosmic rough-and-tumble as the X-Men and Iron Man action that becomes difficult to follow.

Starvecrow

Starvecrow

Self-professed voyeur, Ben, captures his life on camera, as do all his friends. He admits he’s hacked into his friend’s videos and even CCTV systems and cobbles together a series of fragmented vignettes portraying the demons he and his friends harbor. Ben also visits a therapist who objects to Ben filming their session, however, but he does it anyway. It becomes clear that Ben, and perhaps even his friends, want to be the stars of their own films. The final result reveals how these characters’ lives have become interwoven into a thematic narrative. This collection of vignettes celebrate ordinary camaraderie, depicting their greatest fears, both realized and imagined.

Boyhood

Boyhood

Series of films portraying a single character’s life during different time periods is nothing new to cinema. Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, however, crafts a singular narrative about a young boy from kindergarten to his first weekend in college, and was produced for just a handful of days each year for twelve years. This production method required faith in the crew and a disciplined approach to keep the project alive, a concept that is truly visible in the film’s storyline.

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