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Apocalypto

Apocalypto

I once wrote that one can’t be a critic and a filmmaker at the same time because the former is reactive while the latter is proactive. Yet, here I am contradicting myself, at least in a sense. While Apocalypto is already known, I desire to produce such short analyses simply out of respect. In his case it is because I believe that Mel Gibson, while already respected as a filmmaker, is actually still underrated. He is on the threshold of deserving the same reverence in film, both as art and entertainment, as Spielberg and Scorsese as great living directors. The masterpiece that is Apocalypto reminds us of his vision and reach.

Apocalypto, directed by Mel Gibson, produced by his Icon Productions along with Touchstone Pictures and released in 2006, is a film about revelation and revolution. The film follows a young tribesman named Jaguar Paw (Youngblood) as his idyllic life is uprooted by raiders who enslave his people and prepare him and others for sacrifice to Mayan deity Kukulkan. Jaguar Paw’s goal is to survive and make his way back to his expectant wife and their child who are trapped in a pit. Stripped of his tribe and with no home, he transforms from hunted to hunter as he claims his identity in life.

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The Room

The Room

The H-Bomb: Just to get this out of the way; it is very easy to make a bad movie. Anyone who has seen the never ending stream of shit that pollutes our DVD shelves and infests our multiplexes knows this to be true. Big budget or small, it doesn’t matter. All it takes is one […]

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The Assignment

The Assignment

Swift shot: Remo Williams for the 90s, really, think Remo Williams meets The Jackal sans Bruce Willis.  Oh sure, this one only has Donald Sutherland and Ben Kingsley, maybe ya heard of them?  This was a Canadian film, and some of the acting made me want to reach into my throat and rip out my […]

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The Burbs

Cheesy, classic, comedy gold Directed by: Joe Dante Written by: Dana Olsen Cast: Tom Hanks, Carrie Fisher, Rick Ducommun, Bruce Dern Swift shot: Arguably one of the best films to see how continuity in a screenplay can create comedy and probably how the whole concept of “people watching” took root. Famous Director Joe Dante keeps the mood quirky and […]

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