“Game of Thrones,” “Hannibal,” and Hot vs Cold Violence

Essay

I know, technically these are TV shows, but this article has been bouncing around in my head for a while now. With Game of Thrones just wrapping up its most recent season (so expect some spoilers in this article), and Hannibal in its newest (and last, unfortunately), it seemed like an appropriate time.

So, Hannibal. It’s interesting, because whenever I mention that I watch the show, someone invariably asks me how I can stomach how violent it is, or how gory the deaths are. Yet, no one asks me the same when I bring up GoT. But when it comes down to the shows themselves, I find GoT much more difficult to stomach than Hannibal. And the difference lies in how the violence is presented.

Review: The Off-Kilter World of “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”

Reviews

Sundance darling Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is every bit as quirky as its title suggests. In short, self-deprecating high school senior Greg (Thomas Mann), who fancies himself an island in a sea of cliques and caricatures, is coerced by his mother into befriending his classmate Rachel (Olivia Cooke) after she is diagnosed with leukemia. It has all the makings of a shlocky, The Fault In Our Stars knock-off. And yet, the sum far exceeds its parts.

5 Most Aesthetically Pleasing Movies

Listicles

Hey everyone! I’ve decided to start this blog for my musings about movies (and, on occasion, TV). And for my first post, I wanted to talk about that quality that so many of my favorite movies have — visual appeal. I love a director with a unique eye—Sofia Coppola’s languid, low-contrast femininity, Wes Anderson’s sharp right angles, Joe Wright’s lavish period pieces. For me, a film is as much about the visual sensory experience as it is about the plot.

Not quite cinematography, and more than just production design, what makes a film visually/aesthetically stunning is hard to pin down. It’s a combination of color, framing, visual complexity, and a little dose of movie magic. In no particular order, here are five films that most take my breath away.