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.
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[…]