James Slaymaker is a filmmaker, author, and freelance critic from Dorset, England. In addition to being a staff writer for the online journal Alternate Takes, his work has appeared in MUBI Notebook, Film International, Popmatters, Senses of Cinema, McSweeney's, The Vulgar Cinema, and others. He's also a contributor to the upcoming book Hard to Get: The Films and Female Characters of Howard Hawks, and is working on a book about the life and cinema of Michael Mann.
Stereoscopic experience, therefore, drastically alters the positioning of the viewer in relation to diegetic content, creating the illusion that the body of the spectator is immersed within the screen planes[…]
Through its complex use of multiple depth planes, deep-focus compositions, close proximity with on-screen texture, Pompeii crafts a vision of an ancient culture that can be described as hyper-haptic; in[…]
The Color Wheel has been criticized in some circles for having an improvisatory and unfocused structure, yet all the film’s major thematic concerns are explicitly introduced in its compact pre-credit[…]