Das Rad

April 2, 2011

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Das Rad (2003), which is German for “the rocks” interestingly portrays the passage of time though the point of view of two very unique characters. In the lives of the two main characters, who just happen to be rocks, decades pass in only seconds. The rocks worry more about the moss growing on their backs […]

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Estes Ave

April 1, 2011

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Paul Cotter’s Estes Avenue (2002) treats the viewer to a three minute view into the lives of the people who live on Estes Ave. It’s is a humorous and slightly ironic take on what happens between 11:00 and 11:03 on a Sunday, which is widely thought of as a religious day. However, almost none of […]

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Kavi

March 30, 2011

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In Kavi, the film that won the 2009 Student Academy Award, the main theme seems to be social injustice and modern slavery. A young boy, Kavi, and his family spend their days laboring to make mud bricks, and all Kavi wants is to be able to go to school and play cricket with the other […]

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Rundown

March 30, 2011

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Rundown (2007), directed by Patrick Alexander, won the Student Academy Award in 2007. This movie could be classified as a thriller, as it definitely kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. The film uses a lot of irony to covey the story, as a newswoman named Rachel has to report about […]

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Inja

March 29, 2011

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The saying “a dog is man’s best-friend” has a dual meaning in the film Inja (2002).  In South Africa, a young farm worker raises a puppy. The boy loves the puppy and plays with him and takes care of him. However, the white farm owner that the boy works for teaches the dog to be […]

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Grandmother

March 28, 2011

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David Lynch’s short film Grandmother might be one of the most affecting films I have watched this semester. It was both disturbing and fascinating, and the combination of animation live action was something that I hadn’t seen often in other films. There are so many aspects of this short to talk about, but I’ll start […]

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The Perfect Human

March 28, 2011

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The Perfect Human, directed by Jorgen Leth in 1967 depicts a man and a woman “functioning” in a plain, white room. The detached narration and lack of scenery or objects almost makes the viewer feel like an observer in some sort of human zoo. The white room, though seemingly endless, had the qualities of a […]

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