hereditary (2018) and its deleted scenes: notes on grief

Some of Hereditary's deleted scenes have recently been circulated and can be seen here. [spoilers] For a film that deals with as much spiritual and visual horror as it does, Hereditary's dissection of grief isn't overshadowed but enforced. Horror seldom realistically presents grief. Considering how dominantly and graphically it portrays death, it's surprising that something that…

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paris, texas (1984) and edward hopper: a visual love affair

Fluorescent lights and rooms with a view. Brutalist and commercial landscapes of American modernity. Edward Hopper and cinematographer Robby Müller both produce a kind of romance in their isolated portraits of individual subjects. Both alike in their treatment of distance, the viewer's position becomes as striking as the composition of the bodies in view. Public…

a guide to mourning the end of summer

Cher recently tweeted 'Was Wondering If We Should HANG ON 2 SUMMER & KEEP DANCING ...OR ....SOB OUR WAY INTO FALL'. Below is an unranked list of novels and films that feel inspired by warmth and melancholy to mediate the transition from summer into autumn.     1. What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993) 'I want…

almost a year on: celebrating the release of call me by your name (2017) with its cinematic parallels to the graduate (1967)

Swimming pools, wide shots and extreme close-ups. Emphasis on facial expressions and what is left unsaid. Exactly 50 years apart in creation, here are just a few examples of the artistic parallels between the two critically acclaimed dramas.