Category: i do movies badly

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I Do Movies Badly: Resolution

Who’d have thought that it was a review from IMDb cluing me into how Resolution, a film that I initially wrote off as “two guys who did the best they could with what they had,” was actually a meta parody of tired...

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I Do Movies Badly: Spring

Benson and Moorhead’s Spring is a marvelous exploration of suspense over surprise, focusing on two closed off characters whose world views of objectification stem from their vulnerabilities and fears of loss (even if its female lead is far more interesting than its...

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I Do Movies Badly: Eight Men Out

Eight Men Out is a pretty faithful and earnest retelling of the 1919 “Black Sox” Scandal…to the film’s detriment. More concerned with compiling a mostly historically accurate checklist of what transpired, perhaps Sayles’ script would have been better served by another...

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I Do Movies Badly: Man with a Movie Camera

With Man With a Movie Camera, Dziga Vertov pioneered many technical camera techniques (double exposure, superimposition, under/overcranking) that filmmakers would utilize regularly for decades to come as well as pioneering the cinéma vérité style. But can we talk about how the guy...

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I Do Movies Badly: Mother

“Dedicated propagandist” Vsevolod Pudovkin introduces us to the plight of the poor and working class with Mother, a film that reminds us all that the phrase “eat the rich” was not a contemporary idea. 

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I Do Movies Badly: Battleship Potemkin

It’s back to film school with the discussion of Battleship Potemkin, a film that is almost 100 years old, yet pioneered many cinematic techniques that we’re still seeing implemented regularly today (Montage! Invisible edits! Romanticizing a country’s troubling history!). It’s both an effective...