Today’s Favorite: Breakthroughs in Big-Screen Visual Artistry

The Wizard of Oz enchanted audiences with a wonderland of color that made moviegoing more vivid and exuberantly engaging. When Star Wars opened in 1977, it represented a giant leap forward in the art of visual effects and sound effects. Tron gave us an aesthetic experience through computers that was unlike anything we'd seen before. With Toy Story, the world of feature animation changed. Recently, I've seen three films that I think should be included on any list of groundbreaking, pioneering … [Read more...]

Doug Cummings on Jean Renoir’s "The River"

Peter Greenaway once said that cinema as an "art form" has yet to be established. He meant that, so far, movies aren't much more than illustrated narratives: books with moving pictures to bring the manuscripts to life. That comment has stuck with me, as I've begun to appreciate, more and more, how film can communicate through methods other than storytelling. Like the animals who respond to the beauty of the music in The Story of the Weeping Camel, I think human beings respond to imagery, … [Read more...]


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