Eman Rahman

<i>Children of Men</i>: The Camera As An Actor

Children of Men: The Camera As An Actor

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03/16/2017

If you’ve not seen Children of Men yet, you’re missing out, man. Alfonso Cuaron’s dystopian masterpiece boasts some of the most effective set design and world-building, visual and thematic cues from famous works of art, terrifyingly relevant sociopolitical commentary, thrilling action, poignantly realistic performances, and – most importantly – some of the most effective cinematography…

<i>Lord of the Rings</i>: The Literary Triumph of King Théoden

Lord of the Rings: The Literary Triumph of King Théoden

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03/02/2017

Kneeling among the simbelmynë that grow thick on the burial grounds of the Kings of Rohan, King Théoden weeps for the son he unknowingly lost while under the wicked spells of Saruman. “Alas that these evil days should be mine,” he says, instantly displaying the melded eloquence, regality, and ruggedness within the conflicted King. Before…

<i>Brokeback Mountain</i> Is More Than Just The “Gay Cowboy Movie”

Brokeback Mountain Is More Than Just The “Gay Cowboy Movie”

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02/21/2017

Many are introduced to Ang Lee’s 2005 masterpiece as the “Gay Cowboy Movie,” and that description is a cruel oversimplification. Brokeback Mountain is an epic of universal love. Besides being a film that brilliantly displays beautiful landscapes, boasts a director’s mastery in cinematic composition, and offers one of cinema’s all-time great performances in Heath Ledger’s…

No Skull is Safe in <i>John Wick Chapter 2</i>

No Skull is Safe in John Wick Chapter 2

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02/16/2017

So many headshots, man. John Wick is precision personified; if he missed your head, it’s because he popped a couple bullets in your chest first. And when his bevies of headshots and gun fu blast through corridors full of of bad guys, it’s easy to believe in the legend of John Wick. John Wick (2014)…

<i>Eyes Wide Shut</i>: Turning Off the Christmas Tree

Eyes Wide Shut: Turning Off the Christmas Tree

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02/13/2017

One of my favorite moments in cinematic history features Tom Cruise walking into a room and turning off a Christmas tree. Although seemingly inconsequential on the surface, this action is the payoff of an entire nightmarish wade through hypnotically emotional waters. Stanley Kubrick’s final film may be a microcosm of how meticulous the legendary filmmaker…

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