Building and Boffing

In The Pursuit of Happyness, a harmless movie everyone has dutifully and properly gone on to forget ever happened, Will Smith’s character quickly solves a Rubik’s Cube. The scene is a perfect example of visual shorthand, a way to show you how intelligent he is without having someone simply tell you. This way, you don’t […]

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DVD Discovery: Three Nose-ring Circus

Films about filmmakers making films are filmmakers’ favorite kind of films to make. Why? Because people who make movies know the inherent metaphors and obvious allegories that go hand-in-hand with the process of moviemaking. The problem is, this can feel like either “inside baseball” or pretentiousness when presented to people who don’t “get” the guts […]

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