Monthly Archives: September 2010

Mise-en-Whatnow?

So, while taking a break from the inestimably boring chore that is searching for employment I chanced upon a review for the new, ultra-minimalist Ryan Reynolds vehicle, “Buried,” over on the NPR website. The first sentence of the review reads as follows:  “Sure to become a staple in film-school classes titled “How to Make a Blockbuster With Only an Actor, a Box and a Blackberry,” Buried may be the first thriller where the sole stunt is the film’s mise-en-scene.”

A relatively obsequious opening line if ever there was one. Apparently not for NPR Community reader sfbornx3, who complains, “Okay, Jeannette, a film review is officially as pretentious as its subject when the reader is forced to look up a French film reference in the first sentence.” Continue reading

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Alice Sounds Better When You Can’t Hear Her

title: Alice in Wonderland
director: Cecil Hepworth and Percy Stow
cast: May Clark, Cecil Hepworth
one sentence or less: a story best suited for short adaptation

Do you have ten minutes to watch a movie? I’m sure you do. One of the free options at the Criterion Collection- sponsored MUBI is a rare gift from the BFI; a ten minute long silent adaptation of “Alice in Wonderland” from 1903. This was the first ever adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s headrush of a tale, made 37 years after the story’s first appearance and a mere eight after the brothers Lumiere first filtered light through a piece of moving celluloid. It’s not the most interesting early film available to view, but it’s definitely worth the time needed to hunt it down.  Continue reading