Film Analysis

Everything you need to succeed in DeMiero’s Film Analysis class

Richard Kelly’s dark(o) debut

“Donnie Darko” I’ve seen this film at least two dozen times and I still find new things to examine, question and ponder. Shoot, I still stumble and mumble whenever anyone asks me, “What’s ‘Donnie Darko’ about?” Frankly, I’m really not 100 percent sure. So, when I...

Shyamalan’s suspenseful visions

With homage to Orson Welles, Steven Spielberg and Alfred Hitchcock, M. Night Shyamalan has contributed much to modern day suspense. Although his films are often found assigned to the suspense/horror genre, his films rarely evoke a sense of gore. Instead, in his best...

Hitchcock: A dizzying masterpiece – “Vertigo”

He made you over, didn’t he? Just as I’ve done. But better! Did he train you? Rehearse you? Teach you what to say and what to do? One of Hitchcock’s films rises above the rest, in my opinion – “Vertigo.” While it didn’t exactly meet with wide acclaim and critical...

Hitchcock: Master of suspense and the sublime

Assignment Choices Psycho Assignment North By Northwest Assignment The Birds Assignment Rope Assignment Rear Window Assignment Click HERE to go to the Vertigo page   We’ll experience several of Hitchcock’s masterpieces – “North By Northwest” and...

The stunning action of Tony Scott

British director Tony Scott liked action – a lot of action. So much so that his pacing and use of effective camera movement became some of his key trademarks as a director. One of his primary identifying techniques is that his films frequently featured a pan across a...

Baraka: Pure cinema at the core of remarkable film

“Baraka” It isn’t a travelogue. It isn’t a documentary. It isn’t a feature film. It doesn’t have any dialogue. There are no star actors. There isn’t even a plot. Yet, this remarkable film goes straight to your heart and intellect...

“The Door”

“The Door” This film, by Juanita Wilson, is a powerful tribute to one family's tragic experience following the Chernobyl nuclear accident that occurred in 1986 in what was then the Soviet Union territory of Ukraine. By focusing on the simple story of Lena and her...

On the Line (Auf der Strecke)

This Swiss film is such a great example of all we’ve been talking about, I thought I’d wrap up our short films unit with it. Pretty good film, isn’t it? It was nominated for an Oscar in 2009 in the live-action short film category. As for the assignment, log in to our...

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