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New Releases: Crazy Rich Asians

I recently saw Crazy Rich Asians, and afterwards joked that it’s one of the most interesting of the Disney cartoon-princess movies. Man—”Cinderella” is, apparently, immortal. The best way to understand this movie, I think, is to see it as a folktale. Which, after all, most romcoms essentially are. And doing so brings up many of […]

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Seeing race through a new lens: how a 22-year old filmmaker is challenging identity in America

While countless college freshman spent their days deciding which clubs and societies to join and whether they should major in Biology or Economics, filmmaker Orlando Pinder decided he was going to change the world.  Now 22 and a senior at Chicago’s Columbia College, he has made a wide range of short films and music videos, […]

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Discover this generation-spanning drama about cultural change in post-war Japan

In Mikio Naruse’s 1956 film A Wife’s Heart, the family serves as a microcosm for tradition and changes in post-war Japanese society. It’s set in a provincial Japanese town in which cultural changes have been less extreme than in the capital: there are no modern office block towers, and both buildings and interiors are a mixture of Japanese […]

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5 practical tips for making your first indie film

Whether you fancy yourself as the next Kurosawa or you simply have a story you’re itching to tell, getting started in filmmaking is a daunting task. These tips and tricks should help you on your way. 1. Get the script right first With a lot of amateur filmmakers, there seems to be a rush to […]

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Lost Classic: the overlooked brilliance of Paul Schrader’s Hardcore

Writer-director Paul Schrader is both insider and outsider. His screenplays for Martin Scorsese include the masterpieces Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, while as director he encapsulated the decedent aesthetic of the 1980s with American Gigolo, simultaneously carving out a lucrative career as a studio script doctor. Although considered to be one of the ‘movie brats’ of […]

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Brilliant Failure: why The Happening deserves a second chance

Now that M. Night Shyamalan is again enjoying critical and public success thanks to The Visit and Split, it’s high time we revisit what is perhaps his most misunderstood offering: the wildly uneven but oddly fascinating The Happening. Although derided as “that movie where Mark Wahlberg talks to a plant,” it remains the writer-director’s bleakest film to […]

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Review: The Battle of Algiers

The Algerian War of Independence was one of the defining conflicts of the twentieth century: a potent symbol of the collapse of European colonialism and the emergence of national self- determination and political agency on the part of previously subjected indigenous populations. The war provoked a UN resolution in support of Algerian independence, an international […]

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Big Picture contributors’ top 5 films of 2017

Big Picture writers share their personal favourites.

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Lost Classics: discover the sparse realism of this dystopian road movie

We follow the Rover through hostility and violence on his journey through the Outback.