Greta Gerwig makes me believe two things when it comes to screenwriting: That she is the only one who can do it. That I deserve to try. I was first introduced to Gerwig and her work when a friend showed me Frances Ha. Gerwig plays Frances, a woman struggling with the ebbs and flows ofContinue reading “The Secret World of Greta Gerwig and Her Art”
Cinematic Identity is a podcast about the films we have seen and how they have shaped us.
The following contains spoilers for The Lighthouse. Robert Eggers, who made his directorial debut with The Witch in 2015, wrote and directed The Lighthouse, starring Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson as Thomas and Winslow, respectively. In this film, the pair are lighthouse keepers who become stranded and lose their minds waiting for their escape. No two actors are betterContinue reading “The Lighthouse”
Greta Gerwig’s 2017 solo directorial debut Lady Bird is a love story. True love for best friends. Turbulent love for mothers. Innocent love for the boy who turns out to be gay. False love for the boy who “hasn’t lied in two years.” What strikes me more and more each time I watch it, though, is theContinue reading “Lady Bird: A Love Story”
If you only discovered the director Edgar Wright recently, your favorite film of his is probably Baby Driver. Totally valid. If you have seen all of the films that comprise the Cornetto Trilogy, your favorite film of his is probably Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz. Also valid. Wright’s third installment in the Cornetto Trilogy, The World’s End, isContinue reading “The World’s End: In Defense of Edgar Wright’s Most Overlooked Film”
The following contains spoilers for the Succession season two finale. During Succession’s season two finale last night, Logan Roy decided who to sacrifice to the cruise coverup scandal at Waystar Royco. At one point, there is a very awkward meal during which Logan asks everyone points fingers at who they think should be sacrificed. TrueContinue reading “Succession Finale: What Does This Blood Sacrifice Mean For Season Three?”
Sound is typically a boring and overlooked aspect of movies, not because it is inherently boring, but because most directors do not recognize the advantage of using it in different ways. Director Edgar Wright takes sound and, as he does with everything else, makes it extraordinary in his films. Wright uses something called intensified continuity, definedContinue reading “Edgar Wright Reinvents How Sound Can Be Used In Film”
The following contains spoilers for Ad Astra: One of my favorite movies is About Time — a movie about life’s small moments and the people we share them with. It just so happens that it also involves time travel. I feel the same way about Ad Astra. It is the only space movie I like becauseContinue reading “Ad Astra Is Not A Space Movie… And That Is Why It Succeeds”
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On Sunday night, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper performed “Shallow” from A Star is Born, in which the pair played Ally and Jackson Maine, respectively. The film, which marks Cooper’s directorial debut, went largely unrecognized by the Academy. With eight nominations heading into the night, the film walked away with just one win: Best Original Song.Continue reading “Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper: Views of Shallow”