Set in the Parisien projects, Mathieu Kassovitz’s La Haine shows us a day in the life of three youths (Saïd, Vinz, and Hubert — all of different ethnicities) as they hurdle the repercussions of the community’s riots against the local police from the night before.
To dig into what makes this film such a timeless class, I’ll focus mostly on Kassovitz’s use of dialogue, camera work, and locations to encapsulate the lifestyle these characters are exposed to.
2006’s ‘Children of Men’ is a dystopian film set in 2027, in England. Its protagonist, Theo, inhabits a world where there is no longer fertility in humans, which has led to global chaos and mass devastation as the last generation of mankind lives out its final days.
Not only is this film, in my opinion, a masterpiece, but it also illustrates the skill that director Alfonso Cuáron possesses to be able to deliver exposition without force-feeding it to his audience. It is subtle, it is concise, and it is still just as easy to understand.
“There’s a kind of cinema…
Better Call Saul’s season 5 opener was a showstopping piece of television; it was an episode ranking right with the show’s very best. Away from Gene, Mike and Lalo, the beating heart of the episode was undoubtedly the growing rift between Jimmy and Kim.
This episode is a masterclass in, acting, pacing and visual storytelling, as it confronts the rise of Saul Goodman and where that leaves Kim Wexler. …
Mindhunter’s season 2 midpoint is marked with one of, if not the, best episodes of the entire show. This episode, in my opinion, showcases the best examples –among many other great ones– of how to film an interview/interrogation scene. So, here, I will break down just one of those to illustrate why I think so.
First and foremost, here is the full scene, which, if you haven’t already, I strongly recommend you watch:
As the conversation begins, Andrew Dominik (Director) eases us in with steady cuts and some opening wide shots in order to ground us within…