Perfectly timed with release of latest religious epic directed by Martin Scorsese, titled Silence, which is slowly expanding to more theaters this month, is a video essay on religious themes in Scorsese’s films. Titled “God’s Point of View”, the video proposes the simple question: “Is God watching in all Marty’s films?” There is no narration, instead the video uses footage from almost every single Scorsese film to present the possibility that Scorsese always includes scenes in his film from the point-of-view of God. But how? And why? His focus is on the choice to shoot some scenes looking straight down at characters in times of their greatest struggle, accompanied by the music of Max Richter. A must watch for fans of Scorsese and cinema. ›››
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Devindra’s Top 10
2. La La Land
3. The Handmaiden
4. American Honey
5. Manchester by the Sea
7. Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Jeff’s Top 10
2. Sing Street
3. Hell or High Water
4. The Founder
5. 10 Cloverfield Lane
7. Green Room
8. Captain America: Civil War
9. Kubo and the Two Strings
10. Hardcore Henry
David’s Top 10:
1. The Handmaiden
2. OJ: Made in America
6. Swiss Army Man
8. Green Room
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It was another stellar year at the cinema, and don’t let anyone try to convince you otherwise. While some are crying shouts that the cinema is dead the art form is doing all it can to prove otherwise, and it’s easy to see how the industry is doing. Below are my Top 10 Films of 2016, but it could just have easily have been 10 completely different movies on this list. The impressive list of honorable mentions (found at the end) should give some credence to that. These are the 10 films, though, that moved me most of all, the films with which I most engaged, the films I believe the cinema community will be talking about for many years, beyond 2016. ›››
Continue reading Looking Back: Jeremy Kirk’s Picks for the Top 10 Best Films of 2016
The winners of the 2016 NoBudge Awards are in!
2016 was a crazy year and sure enough we’re all ready to shake the dust and see what 2017 has to offer. Before you do, though, take a minute to check out the winners of the 2016 NoBudge Awards, which highlighted the work of great independent filmmakers that may not be entirely in the spotlight or on your radar.
Below is a list of all of the winners, all of which are currently streaming, so be sure to watch them while you can. Also, click on the titles to read more about each film on NoBudge.
Best Film Thunder Road (writer/director: Jim Cummings)
Best Drama Her Friend Adam (dir. Ben Petrie)
Best Comedy Savasana (writer, director, editor: Brandon Daley)
Best Director I Remember Nothing (dir. Zia Anger)
Best Screenplay (tie) Partners (writers: Jen Tulluck & Hannah Pearl Utt)
Killer (writer: Matt Kazman)
Whether it’s used in horror, comedy, or action films, central framing is a cinematic technique that has a lot to say.
If a frame is canvas, then framing is one of the materials filmmakers use to create their artwork. One framing technique that is particularly interesting is central framing, because it not only calls attention to itself, but it is also used by many different filmmakers to many different effects. In this video essay by James Hayes, we get to learn more about how directors like Wes Anderson, Stanley Kubrick, and George Miller use it as a tool to communicate with their audience. Check it out below:
When most people think about central framing, they usually think about the films of Wes Anderson. From Rushmore to The Grand Budapest Hotel, Anderson has used this technique for comedic effect by making everything in the frame symmetrical, or in the words of famed film theorists Kristin Thompson and David Bordwell, “[creating] humor by means of geometrical tableaus.”
2016 has been an interesting year, especially for movies.
It’s finally here, the last day of 2016! While some of us may celebrate with shots and chanting “Ding dong, the witch is dead,” some may find it appropriate to look back on a truly spectacular year in films, especially those coming from the indie sector. Inevitably, video essayists and casual videomakers, like Max Shishkin, Fernando Andrés, and Ben Zuk, have created end-of-year supercuts and mashups of all of 2016’s films, so, we chose a few of our favorites as a fitting tribute to a year that we hate to see go, but love to watch leave.
It’s heartening to see filmmakers in 2016 continuing to push boundaries and take chances with their projects. Barry Jenkins told a story most feared to tell in Moonlight, the Daniels managed to sell a film about a farting corpse, and Nicolas Winding Refn and DP Natasha Braier showed us some of the most spectacular cinematography in Neon Demon. Hopefully 2017 will show us the same spirit.
What were your favorite films of 2016? Let us know in the comments below.