Richard Kelly’s dark(o) debut

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...
Found Poetry

Found Poetry

Found poetry can be as profound as original, traditional poetry. The difference? The words are found in existing texts, then edited and arranged in new, poetic ways by the poet. Confused? No worries. Read this excerpt from Poets.org: Found poems take existing texts...
Literary Terms

Literary Terms

Outside Links Literary Devices-dot-com A College Professor’s Literary Terms Poetic Devices & Terms (DeMiero & Corona) DeMiero’s List of Terms Rhetoric Definition Rhetoric the art of effective or persuasive communication, especially the use of figures of...
Shyamalan’s suspenseful visions

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”

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...
Hitchcock: Master of suspense and the sublime

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 “Vertigo” for...
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...