Film Reflection: The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)- William Wyler’s Brilliant Post-War Reflection That Utilized Magnificent Acting Complimented by Gripping Visuals and a Beautiful Score

Movies that age like fine wines in Hollywood are actually a dime a dozen, but the first great generation of cinema that was ignited in the 40s certainly offered a great deal of films that are still relevant today. There were a great deal of tales that showcased the struggle of love (Casablanca), the obsession … Continue reading

Film Reflection: Down By Law (1986)- Jarmusch’s Surreal Contemplative Film Focusing on Character Personalities and Visual Ambiance

It’s pretty safe to say that by his third film Jim Jarmusch certainly developed a style, which seemed to follow realistic and imperfect characters through familiar environments that end up being filmed in a dreamlike state. Unlike his first two films Permanent Vacation and Stranger Than Paradise, which were set in Manhattan, Jarmusch focuses his … Continue reading

Film Reflection: The Long Good Friday (1980)- A Gangster Melodrama That Immerses Us Into a Crime Ridden Hell

John Mackenzie’s British gangster melodrama entitled The Long Good Friday does indeed gesture to some religious undertones but focuses less on salvation and more on an immersion into hell. Our guide is an unbalanced protagonist named Harold Shand, played by Bob Hoskins in his virtuoso breakthrough performance, as he attempts to keep his world from … Continue reading

Film Reflection: Birth of a Nation (1915)- Griffith’s Controversial Masterpiece Established the Basic Elements of How Technique Accentuated Narrative

American cinema has always been known to be different than other cultural cinema around the world in one essential and highly focused detail and that is the element of story. This is definitely a generalization but most American cinema focuses solely on how a complex or riveting narrative expands the characters, message, and intent of … Continue reading