When Jurassic Park (Steven Spielberg, 1993) was released, critics and audiences heaped praise on it for its “realistic” depiction of its star subjects: dinosaurs. Janet Maslin of The New York Times characterized them as “Amazingly graceful and convincing, they set a sky-high new standard for computer generated special effects.” Likewise, Kenneth Turan of The Los… Read more »
Entries by Laura Ivins
The Trouble with Angels (1966) was the last film that Ida Lupino directed, coming at the tail end of her long period as a television director. In many ways, it represents a sharp departure from the socially conscious noirs that she’s best known for, and yet for fans of the film, it feels like an… Read more »
The National Film Board (NFB) of Canada was founded in May 1939 by a Scottish documentary filmmaker, John Grierson. Grierson had a vision of film to “create democratic loyalties” and “stir the collective consciousness of society” according to Gary Evans, one of Grierson’s former students and author of one of the only books on NFB’s… Read more »
The television show Twin Peaks (David Lynch & Mark Frost, 1990-1991) is known for its music. Its otherwordly soundtrack transports the audience into a universe where retro nostalgia meets the fantastic. In this video, I look at how musical set-pieces are used to illuminate the character of Leland Palmer, father of murdered teen Laura Palmer.
When you walk down Walnut Street on the square, just past Subway and Landlocked Music, you pass by an impressive limestone façade that once housed the Princess Theatre. Longtime Bloomington residents will remember seeing movies at the Princess and its sister-theater, the Towne Cinema, which was originally called the Harris Grand.
When Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom was released in 2012, audiences and critics alike noted the film’s similarities to Pierrot le fou, a 1965 film by French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard. However, Godard isn’t the only — or even the most important — influence on Wes Anderson. This video essay looks at a few of the cinematic… Read more »