Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, a film telling the story of how 340,000 Allied soldiers were evacuated from France back to Britain, is a cinematic experience unlike anything we’ve seen before. The audience is dropped right into the action from film’s opening scene and the tension doesn’t let up until its final moments. Despite being in awe and on the edge of my seat for the duration of Dunkirk, I couldn’t help but feel like something was missing when I left the theatre.
Action movies can be a lot of fun. There generally isn’t a whole lot of thinking required from the audience and it’s easy to just sit back and be entertained for a few hours. If you’re like me, though, you’ve probably noticed a lot of fight scenes in movies these days really suck. This isn’t just happening in bad movies either– there are a lot of big-budget Hollywood blockbusters being released with really underwhelming fight scenes. They’re hard to follow, choppy, and it’s generally difficult to understand what’s even happening. So what’s going on here?
The more I think about it, the more I realize that The Grand Budapest Hotel just might be one of my favourite movies of all time. Director Wes Anderson’s attention to detail and the incredible amount of thought and care he put into every frame of this movie creates an experience you just don’t see with many movies anymore. This post will discuss just one method (of many) that Anderson uses to enhance his story: aspect ratio.
The Alien franchise has had its fair share of ups and downs since the first film in the series was released in 1979. Both new prequel films, Prometheus and Alien: Covenant, have been extremely polarizing among fans and critics alike. There’s one thing, though, that I think everyone would agree on: both Prometheus and Alien: Covenant are prime examples of Ridley Scott’s excellent visual world-building.
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The True Cost, a 2015 documentary about the negative environmental and human effects of the global garment industry, is a lesser-known film in the Netflix catalogue that attempts to tackle an issue that perhaps not many people are aware of.