The stunning action of Tony Scott

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...
Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird”

Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird”

Our ‘national novel’ – Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird” “To Kill A Mockingbird” became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. Not only did it earn author Harper Lee the Pulitzer Prize in 1961, it was also...
Hitchcock: A dizzying masterpiece – “Vertigo”

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? John “Scottie” Ferguson One of Hitchcock’s films rises above the rest, in my opinion – “Vertigo.” While it didn’t exactly meet with wide...
Juan Rulfo’s “No Dogs Bark”

Juan Rulfo’s “No Dogs Bark”

This story by Juan Rulfo – “No Dogs Bark” – is simple and short, but don’t let that fool you. Like a great piece of music or an abstract painting, much of what you take away from reading Rulfo’s work depends upon what you bring to it. For more information about Rulfo...
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. short stories

Kurt Vonnegut Jr. short stories

We’ll read “The Lie” and “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. And we’ll also watch “Examination Day” – an episode of “The Twilight Zone” – and “2081” – an adaptation of “Harrison Bergeron.”

Baraka: Pure cinema at the core of remarkable film

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 in a uniquely compelling way. Here are...

“The Door”

THE DOOR - Short Film from Octagon Films on Vimeo. added by Louise Curran Producer 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...