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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

VIDEO ESSAY: Pathways and Pathos: The Internalization of TRUE DETECTIVE Season 2

Coming on the heels of its majestic, Gothic and subtly supernatural debut season, the sophomore year of HBO's True Detective was met with eager disdain by many TV critics and quick-to-finger-point viewers. Which is a shame, because this second season, when looked at as a whole, eclipses the first season with its raw power, carnality and searing depiction of inner turmoil. Where the first season miraculously finds its two protagonists surviving horrific hatchet and stab wounds (and only to have them to gaze up at the stars outside of a hospital), this new season follows its lead characters down their individual doomed highways; the passages to their fate.

The inspiration behind my latest VIDEO ESSAY Pathways and Pathos: The Internalization of TRUE DETECTIVE Season 2 comes from the second season's successful depiction of the physical streets and highways (i.e. pathways) of the fictional city of Vinci as being living, breathing, pulsating veins of some grand metropolis organ--one that is juxtaposed against the inability of each of its (anti)heroes' internal quest to find some sort of meaning, purpose, forgiveness, power or redemption in their continually dismal plights. It's unusual for such a simple foil of imagery--the macro of the aerial highway shots vs. the micro of the close-ups of anguish on the actors' faces--to not lose power over the course of a season of television and yet True Detective: Season 2 did just that. And it didn't end with a whimper either.

This series will find its true appreciation in the years to come, as viewers revisit it and soak in its vitality.

Monday, January 26, 2015

The 25 Best Films of 2014

  1. Under The Skin - Directed by Jonathan Glazer
  2. Whiplash - Directed by Damien Chazelle
  3. Selma - Directed by Ava DuVernay
  4. Joe - Directed by David Gordon Green
  5. A Most Violent Year - Directed by J.C. Chandor
  6. The Immigrant - Directed by James Gray
  7. Goodbye To Language - Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
  8. Interstellar - Directed by Christopher Nolan
  9. Inherent Vice - Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
  10. Nightcrawler - Directed by Dan Gilroy
  11. Birdman - Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu
  12. Foxcatcher - Directed by Bennett Miller
  13. Gone Girl - Directed by David Fincher
  14. Life Itself - Directed by Steve James
  15. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - Directed by Matt Reeves
  16. Boyhood - Directed by Richard Linklater
  17. Snowpiercer - Directed by Bong Joon-ho
  18. Ida - Directed by Peter Pawlikowsi
  19. American Sniper - Directed by Clint Eastwood
  20. The Drop - Directed by Michaël R. Roskam
  21. Wild - Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée
  22. Enemy - Directed by Denis Villeneuve
  23. The Trip To Italy - Directed by Michael Winterbottom
  24. The Imitation Game - Directed by Morten Tyldum
  25. The Rover - Directed by David Michôd