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The Evolution of Christopher Nolan’s Widowers

Christopher Nolan has a thing for widowers. I like to think there are two main classes of Nolan film: high concept and Dark Knight. (And a smattering of others that now include Dunkirk). The former are the films that play with time and perception, that make you question what you’ve seen and studied it later. These […]

The Many Parents of Alejandro González Iñárritu

Celebrating Alejandro González Iñárritu’s birthday through the investigation of the parent-child relationship motif in his six feature films. “What happened to my family?” Cristina Peck (Naomi Watts) asks an ER doctor after getting word that her family has been in a car accident. Her daughters are dead. “Where are they? Where are they?” She demands. […]

Amy Heckerling and Beyond: The Evolution of Teen Girls On Screen

With some great women at the helm, teenage girls are anything but overlooked. Picture the 1980s for a minute. It heralded the vast popularization of the blockbuster in full force. Horror films prevailed. Kevin Bacon/dancing movies were undoubtedly a thing. And then there’s John Hughes. Hughes solidified many a filmgoer’s ideal expression of teenage life. […]

Short of the Day: ‘Man in the Phone’ Warns as it Entertains

A technological cautionary tale. Technology is everyone’s favorite new addiction. Go into any home, any public place, any city street, and you’ll be confronted with dozens to hundreds to thousands of people inhabiting the same space but individual worlds, all tuned in to their smart phones or tablets, interacting and engaging with everything except each […]

Ars Gratia Artis: The Visual (and Religious) References of ‘Alien: Covenant’

The franchise and art have always been intrinsically related. From its inception, the Alien franchise has been linked to visual art. It’s well-known that while finishing up the final draft of his version of the script, original writer Dan O’Bannon worked closely with H.R. Giger on the aesthetic of the film and design of the […]

6 Filmmaking Tips From Nicolas Roeg

The legendary cinematographer-turned-director on the art of cinema and avoiding God’s mirth. A decade has passed since Nicolas Roeg last directed a film, and it’s been decades since he’s made a great one. He’s never been nominated for an Oscar (though his work has technically been honored if you account for his second-unit photography on Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor […]

Puzzle Piece: Vampires and Prostitutes Gone Wild in ‘Preacher’

‘Preacher’ unites its stars and celebrates father-son time. “Puzzle Piece,” episode 9 of Preacher, is the story of how Jesse and Herr Starr finally come together. Or rather, it’s the story of how Jesse finally worms his way into Herr Starr’s consciousness. And Jesse has no idea that he’s doing it. Despite every attempt to […]

‘Night Moves’ Is the Right Move, and Now It’s on Blu-ray

Plus 11 More New Releases to Watch This Week on Blu-ray/DVD! Welcome to this week in home video! Click the title to buy a Blu-ray/DVD from Amazon and help support FSR in the process! Pick of the Week Night Moves [Warner Archive] What is it? A private eye with troubles at home finds himself wrapped […]

Battle Beyond the Stars: The Cinematography of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2’

Shot by Henry Braham. Among all Marvel’s many movies there is consistently great cinematography to be found; the films have reinvented the scope and artistry of ensemble action, but for my money, there’s one franchise within this cinematic universe that is particularly more dazzling than the others: James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Like an […]

When Did James Cameron Become Hollywood’s Blockbuster Punch Line?

Hate James Cameron? Nah. When you’re one of the greatest action directors of all time, you’re allowed a little leeway. If you live in a major city like New York or Chicago, you sometimes forget how important theatrical revivals are to audiences. Whether it’s a Fathom Event or an anniversary booking, multiplex releases of classic […]