Case Four: The Multiplicities of Polytechnique (2009)

Written for Dr. Boulou Ebanda de B’béri’s ‘Canadian and Quebec Cinema’ by Xi (Samuel) Wang and Will Hume at University of Ottawa. March 2016. Actions and Behaviours Polytechnique (2009) is a retelling of the December 6th, 1989 massacre. A true story in which 14 women are murdered. The deadly attack was until 2020, the deadliest…

Case 3: Crisis Communication – The Microsoft Xbox 360 Red Ring of Death

Analysis/ Context of Microsoft’s Billion Dollar Problem Affecting Stakeholders Figure 1:Crisis framing applied to the Xbox 360’s life cycle The scope of Microsoft’s Billion-dollar problem: ‘Xbox 360’s Red Ring of death’ coined by the early social media age of the mid 2000’s is difficult to discern, because it is so unique in nature. Its place…

Modern Electronic Film Composing in the 2010’s: Case ‘Legacy & Oblivion’

Featuring the music composed by “Daft Punk” and “M83”: Mission Statement: Big-time Hollywood director Joseph Kosinski made his mark on movie history landing an expensive debut with Tron Legacy and following it up with the relatively big Oblivion, an adaptation of his own sci-fi treatment. Both times he collaborated with musicians outside the movie industry….

True Detective Season 1+2 Review, Comparison & Analysis

                                                                      Season 1- The Louisiana Bayou / Season 2- Sunny California Coast S1: Time is a flat circle/ S2: Sometimes your worst self… is your best self. Cast 1: Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson Cast 2: Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams, and Taylor Kitsch I do love when instead of retreading old material, follow ups do something different from…

UPDATE: ‘The Interview’ is back on! The White Elephant: Case/ Solution

Sony gives the people what they want!!! We await Christmas Day Annihilation! UPDATE: The movie will be shown in a number of independent theatres such as the Alamo Drafthouse in Texas and a number of theatres in Los Angeles. An official statement from Sony Pictures Michael Lynton reads: “We have never given up on releasing…

The 2014 Black List

Last Year, we looked at a few films that came out this year among the most well liked screenplays of the year before. It was shown that quality varies from concept and sometimes things are lost in Translation. Looking at Bad Words, Draft Day, The F Word, and Edge of Tomorrow this was a good…

Leap of Faith – “Interstellar” Review

Director: Christopher Nolan (Inception, The Dark Knight) Producers: Kip Thorne (exec. consultant), Linda Obst, Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan, Thomas Tull (exec.) Writers: Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan Cinematographer: Hoyte Van Hoytema Music: Hans Zimmer Running Time: 169 minutes/ 2 hours, 49 minutes Studio: Paramount (production), Warner Bros. (International Distribution), Legendary Pictures (co-financing) Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Michael…

“It’s On Again” – ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ Review and Analysis

DECONSTRUCTING THE MODERN BLOCKBUSTER Director: Marc Webb  Producer: Avi Arad, Matthew Tolmach Studio: Sony Writers: Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci Actors: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Chris Cooper, Colm Feore, B.J. Novak, Sally Field, and Paul Giamatti Plot: The charm and villain from the first Spider-Man, the emotional resonance of Spider-Man 2, the excess of Spider-Man 3, with that comic book feel. Running…

Best Scenes: “The Amazing Spider-Man”

There is a wonderful moment in “The Amazing Spider-Man: that perfectly encapsulates what the film should have been/ was meant to be. I remember watching this scene in theatres and having a sense of giddiness, that the first franchise wasn’t able to bring. There is emotional weight here because you feel happy for Peter nervously…

What did you think? Need For Speed: Official Trailer

And another video game rolls in. As a fan of both mediums I am cautiously optimistic for this title as the trailer surprisingly has some style to it (generic looking title card aside). Its well cut and sound mixed, doesn’t give too much away, good music choice. Most importantly It has momentum! As far as…