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October 2015

Blockbuster Beat by Matt Lynch Film

Crimson Peak | Guillermo del Toro

Guillermo del Toro’s sympathies have always been with his orphan, discarded monsters: the aging vampire in Cronos, the beautiful, malevolent creatures of Pan’s Labyrinth, or the dying fairy kingdom of Hellboy II. They may be cruel and violent but they are also irreparably misunderstood, tragically separate from…

October 14, 2015
Blockbuster Beat by Matt Lynch Film

Steve Jobs | Danny Boyle

It’s hard to tell if Steve Jobs is better or worse for its general avoidance of “how we live now” handwringing. Even The Social Network, to which this is certainly meant as some sort of foll0w-up given its Aaron Sorkin fact-based tech-biography screenplay, concerned itself with our…

October 14, 2015
Blockbuster Beat by Matt Lynch Film

Bridge of Spies | Steven Spielberg

It’s not new to describe Steven Spielberg as a sort of father figure in Hollywood filmmaking. A film like War of the Worlds, just to take a somewhat recent example, is so skillfully unnerving it might as well be a bedtime story told by a parent with…

October 14, 2015
by Sam C. Mac Film

The Assassin | Hou Hsiao-hsien

At the core of Hou Hsiao-hsien’s cinema is a deep investment in the rift formed between an independent Taiwan and a possessive mainland China. Tender stories of unrequited romance (Three Times, Flowers of Shanghai) become bracingly political, and coming-of-age stories (The Boys from Feng Kuei, Millennium…

October 13, 2015
by Luke Gorham Film

Everest | Baltasar Kormákur

Everest is based largely on Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air, a true-life tale of survival and death atop the titular mountain that is, at its core, both stark and cerebral. The text is an examination of memory, and its role in feeding the ghosts that haunt…

October 5, 2015
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