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O.U. FILM REVIEWS: "SPOTLIGHT"

O.U. FILM REVIEWS: "SPOTLIGHT"

It’s that time of year. The performances are earnest, the soundtracks are swelling, and stories are heartbreaking. And, if you’re a good little cinephile, a seasoned, well-loved performer will bless your viewing experience with a scene-chewing performance that you’ll be talking about for weeks to come. That’s right: we’ve officially started awards season. Producers are hungry for Oscar gold and the audiences are hungry for sumptuous historical dramas, sweeping romances, and real-life dramas. And, with the recent release of films like SuffrageteBrooklyn, and now Spotlight, we won’t be left with empty stomachs anytime soon. 

O.U. FILM REVIEWS: "CRIMSON PEAK"

O.U. FILM REVIEWS: "CRIMSON PEAK"

If the quality of a film was solely measured by its production design, costuming, and cinematography, Crimson Peak would be a masterpiece. Unfortunately, Guillermo del Toro's throwback to Victorian-era haunted house movies a la The Innocents covers up its generic story and lack of suspense by throwing as much visual flair and style at you as possible. While his Spanish-language features like Pan's Labyrinth and The Devil's Backbone employ this excessive style alongside dark and complex stories, his recent American productions like Pacific Rim, del Toro's ode to Japanese monster movies, and now Crimson Peak feel more like straightforward, "fanboy" love letters to genres he grew up with, without realizing their full potential beyond their aesthetic qualities.