Intensity of Editing in Whiplash (2014)

In Whiplash (2014), director Damien Chazelle artfully captures how easily the journey towards exceptionalism can eclipse reason and self regard. While communicating this concept, Chazelle takes jazz music, a subject which is not conventionally dramatic, and creates a tightly-wound suspense thriller with gritty cinematography, intricate editing, and stellar acting performances.   In his Film Comment … Continue reading “Intensity of Editing in Whiplash (2014)”

Adapting Alice

Compared to most adaptations of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Jan Švankmajer’s Alice (1988) or Něco z Alenky, deviates immensely from the original material stylistically, continually forgoing fidelity in order to bring forth the darker, more surrealistic undertones of the novel. This post will aim to examine the “rabbit-hole” sequence in both the text … Continue reading “Adapting Alice”

From Silver Screen to Small: Adapting “Fargo”

The Adaptation of Joel and Ethan Coen’s Fargo (1996) into FX’s Fargo   In 1996, Joel and Ethan Coen released Fargo, a film bursting with black humor, grim violence, and captivating visuals that effectively captured the banalities and eccentricities of life in middle America. The film would go on to win two Academy Awards and receive nominations in five … Continue reading “From Silver Screen to Small: Adapting “Fargo””

The Evolution of Female Empowerment in Disney Films

Walt Disney Animation Studios have produced countless fables over the past nine decades that have not only been financially lucrative but also highly influential on generations of children. Disney’s female characters and their portrayal has dramatically progressed over time, and this evolution can be seen clearly in comparing the titular Snow White of Snow White … Continue reading “The Evolution of Female Empowerment in Disney Films”