Film

Is there inherent harm when a thirst for profit fuels the drive to create art? Let's explore the issue by taking a look at cinema's early history.

In our "Life as Narrative" series, we explore how storytellers use the happenings of their personal lives as the underlying philosophies of the stories they tell. In this article, we'll discuss Elia Kazan's role in testifying against alleged communist filmmakers ...

James Dalessandro, the writing partner to Paul Haggis, one the nations’ most admired and influential filmmakers, has been creating unforgettable pieces of fiction since hitchhiking to San Francisco in the early 1970s. Since then, he has claimed his position in ...

What I find most interesting is the fact that documentaries are generally considered more “truthful” than biopics even though the documentarian has more tricks at their disposal to trick the audience into believing their message. Also, many documentaries are created ...

The structure of a medium shapes the content it conveys, sometimes unintentionally. Take the advent and success of Netflix, for example. The company began as a DVD-by-mail service, saving film aficionados a trip to the local video store (and ultimately ...

Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket is oft referred to as an anti-war, anti-military propaganda, but I believe the film isn’t “anti” anything – it just is. Full Metal Jacket takes us through the process of war – how one becomes ...

When crafting a “biopic” or another narrative rooted in reality, what obligation does the storyteller have to historical accuracy versus conveying a philosophical idea? If the storyteller chooses the latter, is it still fair to claim that the story is ...

David Lynch’s Blue Velvet is a tantalizing, yet disturbing analysis of primal human desire, ultimately concluding that all people, in some form or fashion, consciously or subconsciously enjoys afflicting and receiving pain as a method of self-growth through destruction. The ...