"For me, her greatest performance came in the 1951 William Wyler film noir, Detective Story. In it, she played the wife of the troubled and zealous detective played by Kirk Douglas. The role, if played by others, would have come off as either too melodramatic or restrained. She gives the perfect balance of perceived weakness and fear."
“Amelie has a strange feeling of absolute harmony. It's a perfect moment. A soft light, a scent in the air, the quiet murmur of the city. A surge of love, an urge to help mankind overcomes her.” –Amélie (France, 2001)
Join Trevor as he reflects on the Academy award nominated best foreign films, and get ready for Oscar night this weekend!
"As someone who has had to endure mediocre schlock for the past two months, The Great Beauty (2013) is a bright beacon of filmmaking that illuminated the winter despair. Without ever feeling too pretentious or art house, the film manages to strike a balance between entertainment and art effectively."
“Ever since I was a child, folks have thought they had me pegged, because of the way I am, the way I talk. And they're always wrong.” - Capote
Join CINSSU blogger Caroline Eisen as she reflects on the career and standout role of a beloved actor lost too soon--RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman.
"The Lego Movie has it all: the chosen one, Emmet, the magister Vitruvius, the evil robotic minions, pirates, cowboys and the one and only Batman. The parallel universes actually are the various Western, Marine and Space themes that the beloved Danish toy has been advertising for ages." Get nostalgic with this review of The Lego Movie by CINSSU blogger Lola Borissenko!
"The film, it goes without saying, has a simple plot and story but it tries to add emotional back story and heft for a few characters. Needless to say it’s hard to take any of it seriously. The emotion is pure sentimentality and it feels forced and manipulative."
"On February 3rd and 4th of 2014 CINSSU presented, along with The Seventh Art, a retrospective of the work of Andrzej Bujalski--the "Godfather of Mumblecore"." Catch up on our recent look back to the films of director Andrzej Bujalski with event photos, media coverage, and a film review of Funny Ha Ha (2002) by CINSSU blogger Zubin Ali.
Tim Jenison, a Texas based inventor, attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all art: How did 17th century Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer ("Girl with a Pearl Earring") manage to paint so photo-realistically--150 years before the invention of photography?
"Overall, Audrey Totter’s willingness to embrace what she was given and to persevere through life itself imbue her legacy with a beautiful spirit of fortitude. She was one of the standard bearers for my most cherished genre/style of filmmaking and she remained proud of her work all the way to the end." Join Raphael Deutsch in remembering a hidden gem of film noir cinema; Audrey Totter.
"Rebecca is the only Hitchcock film to have won an Academy Award for Best Picture, while Suspicion is the only Hitchcock film to have received an Academy Award for Fontaine’s performance. Though there may have been a number of reasons, Joan Fontaine’s performances were certainly a contributing factor for both Oscars." Join 3rd year criminology/cinema studies student and guest blogger Paolo Vistan as he remembers beloved Golden Age star Joan Fontaine.
"Dallas Buyers Club is a movie that should not only be watched for its incredible true story of survival and unlikely human bonding, but also for its spectacular performances and its ability to convey both the political and social struggles surrounding the beginning of the AIDS epidemic in America. The film teaches a valuable lesson about the struggles of those battling the virus, and the politics that accompany a physician’s decisions to prescribe certain medications."
"As an official Community Partner for GODARD FOREVER: Part One, CINSSU is proud to co-present and celebrate the work of a legendary French auteur whose unprecedented artistic vision we have not only come to love, but study as well."
"If you are a fan of the genre, do yourself a favor and go re-watch Underworld at home or play the video game Dark Siders. This film is exactly what you would expect: it is a relatively dull ride that picks itself up a bit during the action sequences but ultimately leaves you with no feeling of worth."
"Overall, nothing is incongruent in The Wolf of Wall Street; the outrageous and explicit content of the movie emphasizes Scorsese’s confidence and sincerity: he showed it as it is, while still producing a grand spectacle."
"Michael Mann’s 1981 feature film is getting a Criterion release this week, with a 4k transfer that will give a new shine, a new level of visual quality, to the film. Thief, for years, has been languished on a less than stellar DVD transfer that did not showcase the true beauty of the film. Finally, it is now being released on Blu-ray by a company that always gives celebrated films the proper, restorative treatment they deserve."
We have an exciting contest happening in collaboration with the release of Mongrel Media's film The Invisible Woman starring Ralph Fiennes coming out next Friday January 17th. Check out the rules and info about the film here!
"This list will comprise my top 10 favourite films of the year and though I was fortunate enough to see many films, I missed several key ones including Short Term 12, Prisoners, and Captain Phillips." Take a look back at some of the best films of 2013 with CINSSU blogger Raphael Deutsch.
"Inside Llewyn Davis is another great entry from the Coen brothers. Their ability to shift from genre to genre seamlessly, whether it be a western (True Grit), a crime epic (Miller’s Crossing) or their famous offbeat comedies (The Big Lebowski/Raising Arizona), is but one reason as to why they are masters of the craft. In Inside Llewyn Davis we find the balance of the Coen brothers’ special brand of humour combined with the dour reality that is Llewyn Davis’ life. "
"This project took five years for Keanu to complete and the care and devotion shows. It is by no means ground breaking, or an achievement to the same degree that Wong Kar Wai’s The Grandmaster was, but it is a solid entry in the martial arts genre and a confident step by Reeves into the directorial realm."
"In his new feature film, Spike Jonze develops his own unique take on unconventional romance by depicting a society where one’s relationship with an operating system is completely acceptable. Her, however, is much more of a story than a simple human-robot love affair."