Watching CLERKS

Clerks (Smith, 1994) First and foremost, Clerks is clearly independent at the level of budget. It is shot in black and white, which, in the year 1994, is a clear indicator of an outside Hollywood film. The budget of the film also clearly dictated how the story was told. Most of the action takes place… Continue reading Watching CLERKS

Watching HELLION

Hellion (Candler, 2014)             Hellion has many of the characteristics we went over when discussing Indiewood for our group project. The first thing that jumped out to me was the movie poster. The poster features Aaron Paul’s face, larger than anything. Most people will know Paul as Jesse from Breaking Bad. The film used his… Continue reading Watching HELLION

Victory for the Little Film

In 1927, Warner Bro.’s The Jazz Singer hit theaters as the first sound feature, and Classic Hollywood was born. From The late 1920s to the early 1960s, five major production studios dominated the movie-making industry: MGM, Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Warner Brothers and RKO. They used tactics like block booking and control of prized exhibition units… Continue reading Victory for the Little Film

The Dance:Ingmar Bergman’s Fear of Death in THE SEVENTH SEAL

             Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal follows the journey of a knight as he literally plays chess with an embodiment of Death and struggles with the greatest question known to man: What happens to me when I die? Through the medium of film, Bergman works out his own frustrations and… Continue reading The Dance:Ingmar Bergman’s Fear of Death in THE SEVENTH SEAL


Claus Oldenburg, Lipstick (Ascending) on Caterpillar Tracks 1969, reworked in 1974. Painted steel body, aluminum tube, and fiberglass tip, 6.70 X 5.94 X 3.33 m. Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut. Modern Asked by Yale students to create a monument to what they called “the second American revolution” of the 1960’s, Claus Oldenburg created… Continue reading Claus Oldenburg, LIPSTICK (ASCENDING) ON CATERPILLAR TRACKS

Constantine Brancusi, TORSO OF A YOUNG MAN

Constantine Brancusi, Torso of a Young Man Bronze on stone and wood bases, 102.4 X 50.5 X 46.1 cm. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. Abstract Brancusi’s sculpture of what he claims is a young man’s torso is a clear move to abstraction. Brancusi believed, like Picasso, that it was the essence… Continue reading Constantine Brancusi, TORSO OF A YOUNG MAN


Umberto Boccioni, Unique forms of Continuity in Space Bronze, 111 X 89 X 40 cm. Museum of Modern Art, New York. Futurism Futurist painting had developed in Italy, and Boccioni argued for futurist sculpture. Futurism was done with an emphasis on technology and speed, and Boccioni accomplishes this with a figure of pure energy striding… Continue reading Umberto Boccioni, UNIQUE FORMS OF CONTINUITY IN SPACE