Author Matthew Blevins

Behind me you see the empty bookshelves that my obsession with film has caused. Film teaches me most of the important concepts of life, such as cynicism, beauty, ugliness, subversion of societal norms, and what it is to be a tortured member of humanity. My passion for the medium is an important part of who I am as I stumble through existence in a desperate and frantic search for objective truths.

Reviews 10 on Ten
8.5
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In a masterclass of his own unique filmmaking techniques and philosophies on the art form, Abbas Kiarostami’s 10 on Ten is a film that contextualizes its own existence as it unfolds. It is broken into ten segments, each of the ten segments offering another dimension of insight into the creative processes and,,,

NP Approved The American Friend
9.6
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Stitched loosely together from the pages of Patricia Highsmith’s Ripley’s Game and a few borrowed conventions from film noir, Wim Wenders’ The American Friend is a stylish and enigmatic thriller that acts as a superb demonstration of how atmospheric elements can be more vital than story. Character…

NP Approved Kings of the Road
9.8
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Announcing its cinematic intentions in the first frames, the third and final installment of Wim Wenders’ “Road Movie Trilogy” (a series of films that started with Alice in the Cities in 1974 and continued with The Wrong Move in 1975) Kings of the Road (1976) is the work of a master filmmaker who chooses not only to work in black and…

Reviews Screen Shot 2015-12-20 at 12.49.01 AM
8.8
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A man wakes up after a short stint in a police holding cell, still under the influence of the synaptic misfires and pale electric lethargy of junk sickness. He goes out into the pre-gentrified streets of New York City looking for a fix to keep the demons at bay for one more day. There is no tomorrow for the addict, only the immediate needs of the day.

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7.4
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There are few times in life where you experience the unmitigated freedom of being a teenager in an automobile after the town has gone to sleep. You gather your core group of friends and set out into the night, excited for the infinite possibilities and the freedom to flesh out your identity without adults intruding and punishing you with guilt for the sin of being young. Your imperfections are obfuscated in darkness and you can finally talk to the person you have …

Reviews Screen Shot 2015-06-09 at 7.58.58 PM
8.4
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There are endless stories to be found in any neighborhood if you sit around and listen to the conversations for a while. In her first dramatic narrative film, Porch Stories, Sarah Goodman transitions easily from documentary filmmaking to verite narrative filmmaking, crafting a universe from a Toronto neighborhood in a state of flux as it becomes ….

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