Adam Kuntavanish, Author at Next Projection's Posts

Birth Rewind Review

Birth Rewind Review

About one-third of the way through Jonathan Glazer's Birth comes its narrative and stylistic turning point: for a nearly three-minute unbroken long take, protagonist Anna (Nicole Kidman) gradually realizes that she believes in ten-year-old Sean's (Cameron Bright) claim that he is... Read More »

Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema Review: Eroica (1958)

Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema Review: Eroica (1958)

The title of Andrzej Munk's second feature, Eroica, translates as "heroism," a universal human theme that's typically treated in historical narratives with nationalistic reverence. A depiction of life under Poland's occupation by the Germans during World War II and in the afterma... Read More »

Top Ten: Ensembles of 2013

Top Ten: Ensembles of 2013

As a follow-up to my list of this topic i 2011, I'm taking stock of the world of acting in the past year in cinema. Nearly every awards body gives out acting awards, but only a handful recognize a Best Cast or Best Ensemble of the year, as distinct from a more all-encompassing Be... Read More »

Submit Your: Top Ten Ensembles of 2013

Submit Your: Top Ten Ensembles of 2013

As a follow-up to my list of this topic in 2011, I'm taking stock of the world of acting in the past year of cinema. Nearly every awards body gives out acting awards, but only a handful recognize a Best Cast or Best Ensemble of the year, as distinct from a more all-encompassing B... Read More »

TIFF’s The Hard Way – The Films of Bette Davis Review: Three on a Match (1932)

TIFF’s The Hard Way – The Films of Bette Davis Review: Three on a Match (1932)

The phrase “three on a match” refers to a wartime superstition in which the glow of a match lit long enough for three soldiers would alert the enemy and spell doom for one of the trio; the film Three on a Match introduces then playfully undercuts such hokum, explaining that match... Read More »

Cronenberg’s Women: A Supercut

Cronenberg’s Women: A Supercut

As part of our coverage of TIFF's From Within - The Films of David Cronenberg series, this is a supercut examining the major female characters in Cronenberg's films within three categories: "Mothers/Monsters," "Beacons of Normality," and "Pioneers of the New Flesh." Read More »

CronenKingBrick: A Video Essay on The Dead Zone and The Shining

CronenKingBrick: A Video Essay on The Dead Zone and The Shining

As part of our coverage of TIFF's From Within - The Films of David Cronenberg series, this is a video essay comparing and contrasting Cronenberg's The Dead Zone with Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, two adaptations of Stephen King. I was inspired by Next Projection's own Luke Annan... Read More »

Horrorfest Review: From Beyond (1986)

Horrorfest Review: From Beyond (1986)

H.P. Lovecraft's horror stories of the 1920s and 1930s have exerted a widespread influence over the genre in all forms of media, but the best-known film adaptations of his work are associated with writer Dennis Paoli, producers Charles and Albert Band and Brian Yuzna, and writer-... Read More »

Top Ten: Color Films

Top Ten: Color Films

The advent and eventual dominance of color cinema around the world brought with them aesthetic challenges as well as rewards. While superficially bringing movies closer to "realism," the use of color, like the use of sound, can also go beyond merely reflecting what's in front of ... Read More »

Submit Your: Top Ten Color Films

Submit Your: Top Ten Color Films

The advent and eventual dominance of color cinema around the world brought with them aesthetic challenges as well as rewards. While superficially bringing movies closer to "realism," the use of color, like the use of sound, can also go beyond merely reflecting what's in front of ... Read More »

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