Review – Cyrus

If you enter this movie expecting a comedy, you will probably be disappointed.  If you enter expecting a drama, you will be pleasantly surprised.  Don’t get me wrong, a lot of moments in the film are quite humorous, but humor is not this film’s priority.  Instead it focuses on the relationship between John (John C.…

Director Review – M. Night Shyamalan

After recently watching both The Village and Lady in the Water back-to-back, I have taken upon myself to do a new style of movie review. These “Director Reviews” will focus on a handful of movies that share a common director, while illuminating his or her overall style and talents, as well as how each film compares to each other. Mr. Shyamalan will naturally be the first, as he served as the inspiration for this category. I will begin by giving mini reviews for each of the films, being Lady in the Water, Unbreakable, The Village, and The Sixth Sense, then work into a review of M. Night Shyamalan himself and how his style permeates each of these movies (and I will touch on his others as well, however, I must say I have not seen The Last Airbender). Hopefully this will serve as a slightly more optimistic review for Mr. Shyamalan, seeing as his last several films have flopped in the critic department.
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Review – Despicable Me

While Despicable Me is a very entertaining film, I cannot help but think Universal Studios was trying a little too hard to make a Pixar movie. Non-Pixar animation studios seem to have only recently found out what makes the animation giant so popular: heartwarming stories. While Despicable Me is certainly heartwarming, it is a little lacking in story….

Film Opinion – Dogtooth

The film is called “Kynodontas” or “Dogtooth.”  It’s a foreign film from Greece, which looks absolutely original, something that is hard to find these days.  It showed at Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Un Certain Regard, which is awarded to films that present a unique and stylistic vision.  And after watching the trailer, I…

Film Opinion – I Am Love

I Am Love has yet to hit my local theaters, but I have viewed its trailer many times and I continue to be stunned at the aesthetics of its cinematography.  For those of you who are not aware, I Am Love was timed (color and exposure corrected), edited, and finished photochemically instead of going through…

Welcome

Welcome to Deus Ex Kinema, a new blog that will immerse you into the world of filmmaking, cinematography, and film criticism.  I am your host, Nicholas Coyle.  I am a film student at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where I spend my time learning about the power and elegance of the moving image.  This…