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‘Jupiter’s Moon’ Review: A Syrian Refugee Superhero Emerges

From the director of ‘White God’ comes the story of a Syrian refugee with some unique gifts. White God premiered a few years back at Cannes and proved to be an acclaimed hit at the fest. What was most exciting was the emergence of a new talent, director Kornél Mundruczó, who tackled his native Hungary’s socio-political […]

Short of the Day: ‘Lovestreams’ Revisits the Early Days of Online Relationships

Nowadays, everything is done digitally – paying your bills, ordering goods, keeping up with friends and family, and even finding love. 11% of Americans have used a dating app or website to meet their significant other – yours truly included – and moving forward that number is only going to increase. Online relationships today are […]

‘Spider-Man 2,’ The Two-Shot, Love and Ennui

An existential examination of mise en scene as love story. Every now and again I come across a video essay that’s a little different, either in source selection, approach, or both. The following video entitled “Spider-Man 2: How to Use the Two-Shot” by Jop Leuven for Love of Film is the latter such sort of […]

The ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 Trailer, Explained

“The Great War is coming.” Also Winter. And Dragons. And horse-lord parkour. HBO has finally released a full trailer for Game of Thrones season 7. This time around, it’s a trailer with actual footage from the show, not simply a group of main characters walking down hallways and sitting in chairs. It feels somewhat late in the […]

35 Things We Learned from James Mangold’s ‘Logan’ Commentary

“Charles has to pee, Logan takes him to the bathroom, Laura needs another quarter stuck in her kiddie ride.” 3:10 to Yuma was my first commentary listen from filmmaker James Mangold, but I decided two things immediately after it ended. First, it would not be my last of his commentaries, and second, he really needed to record one […]

The Perfect Shots of ‘Mulholland Drive’

Exploring the cinematography of David Lynch’s masterpiece. In honor of Twin Peaks’ return this week, we thought we’d delve into the weird world of director David Lynch for the latest episode of Shot by Shot, the official cinematography podcast of One Perfect Shot and Film School Rejects, hosted by yours truly and OPS founder Geoff […]

‘My Art’ and Yours

The many strange cinematic portraits of the art life. The pitch for Laurie Simmons’ debut feature, My Art, was that it would finally get it right. Not get the art movie right, as in all movies are art, as in everything is art if you talk about it long enough. But get the art movie right, […]

The Essence of ‘Death Proof:’ Style Over Substance

The techniques and tricks of recreating the grindhouse era. Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof typically falls into one of two categories for fans of the director: it’s either the worst film he’s ever made, or the most underrated film he’s ever made. I for one happen to fall into the latter camp, because I believe that […]

What Does “Chief Creative Officer,” Or Anything For That Matter, Mean?

Jared Leto is taking over a streaming service. There’s a lot to unpack here. In the end, capitalism comes for us all, which is why the recent decision by arthouse/indie film streaming platform Fandor to shutter Keyframe, their digital magazine, was distressing but not particularly surprising. Previously a home to some of the best video […]

‘Let the Sunshine In’ Review: A Master Tries Something Different

Claire Denis teams with Juliette Binoche for an uncharacteristically sunny search for romance. The name Claire Denis and the word ‘comedy’ have rarely been associated. A master of modern French cinema, Denis has made her name telling stories of post-colonialism, repression, and in the case of Trouble Every Day, cannibalism. There is a thematic through […]