Category blindspot

Blindspot 2017: Sucker Punch (2011)

Zack Snyder’s fifth film and his first foray as the triple threat of director, producer, and writer, Sucker Punch is a story about badass females seeking to escape disempowerment; a fantasy within a fantasy, a multilayered narrative of young women fighting against oppression and abuse. The film’s synopsis is as follows: A young girl (Emily […]

Blindspot 2017: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

The English-language remake of the Swedish book and film, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) is directed by David Fincher, and as a result is subject to many of his classic directorial Fincher-isms. The film’s synopsis is as follows: This English-language adaptation of the Swedish novel by Stieg Larsson follows a disgraced journalist, Mikael […]

Blindspot 2016: The Sacrifice (1986)

The Sacrifice, released in May 1986, was Andrei Tarkovsky’s final film before his death in December 1986. In consideration of its typical Tarkovskian (did I make that word up?) themes of mortality, lost humanity, and wonderings about religion and man’s place in the world, the film is a very interesting piece of work indeed. Its […]

Blindspot 2016: The Pianist (2002)

Roman Polanski’s The Pianist (2002) is a true story of survival, and is often included in lists of the best films about the Holocaust. Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes, the film was also nominated for seven Academy Awards, eventually winning three: Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Adapted Screenplay. Its synopsis is as […]

Blindspot 2016: Roma (1972)

Frederico Fellini’s Roma (1972) is the kind of film that makes you want to travel to the magnificent city of Rome immediately and just sit and people-watch. Both a criticism and a celebration of Rome and its people, Roma‘s synopsis is as follows: A fluid, unconnected and sometimes chaotic procession of scenes detailing the various […]

Blindspot 2016: Brazil (1985)

Famed Monty Python┬átroupe member Terry Gilliam’s Brazil (1985) is a maelstrom of bureaucratic bungles, illustrated in his classic quirky style. Its synopsis is as follows: Bureaucracy and ductwork run amok in the story of a paperwork mixup that leads to the imprisonment of Mr. Buttle, shoe repairman, instead of Harry Tuttle, illegal freelance Heating Engineer. […]

Blindspot 2016: The Fall (2006)

Tarsem Singh’s The Fall (2006) is a beautiful, dreamlike film-within-a-film. Its synopsis is as follows: In a hospital on the outskirts of 1920s Los Angeles, an injured stuntman begins to tell a fellow patient, a little girl with a broken arm, a fantastic story of five mythical heroes. Thanks to his fractured state of mind […]

Blindspot 2016: The Maltese Falcon (1941)

Three eccentric criminals and Humphrey Bogart as a private eye join together in this classic film noir which has captured the imaginations of viewers since its release. The plot synopsis for The Maltese Falcon (1941, dir. John Huston) is as follows: Sam Spade is a partner in a private-eye firm who finds himself hounded by […]

Blindspot 2016: L’Avventura (1960)

The first of director Michelangelo Antonioni’s trilogy regarding modern love and its discontents, L’Avventura (1960) is a story about a strange kind of grief after a mysterious disappearance, a story of an anxious and disenchanted society, and a story of love lost and found in an unlikely place. Its synopsis is as follows: A group […]

Blindspot 2016: Je T’aime, Je T’aime (1968)

A French science fiction slash time travel film with a hint of the New Wave, Alain Resnais’ Je T’aime, Je T’aime (1968) is a mysterious masterclass in beautiful direction and performances. Its synopsis is as follows: Recovering from an attempted suicide, a man is selected to participate in a time travel experiment that has only […]