The Art of the Reveal: Godzilla Edition

I love a good reveal. Done right — think Harry Lime being outed by a splash of light on that shadowy, cobblestoned Viennese street in Carol Reed’s The Third Man (1949), or … Continue Reading…

Greatest Chase Scenes, Vol.2 (Bipedal) — Part Two

In Part One, which I’m sure provided you with a drug-like high that’s yet to wear off, we covered foot chases in such varied films as The Last of the Mohicans, … Continue Reading…

Greatest Chase Scenes, Vol.2 (Bipedal) — Part One

This week marks 29 years since the CFS was involved in an exciting foot chase at college, the circumstances of which should elicit sympathetic nods from this blog’s vast readership. … Continue Reading…

Greatest Chase Scenes, Vol. 1 (Vehicular)

If the advanced reviews and word-of-mouth are any indication, Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver looks poised to be a summer sleeper. For those unfamiliar with the film, the story revolves around … Continue Reading…

Anatomy of a Scene: Rogue Nation

I know, I know—it’s been forever since I last posted. Seven months, actually, an absence no doubt weighing heavily on my vast¹ and vocal² readership. ¹ Thirty-eight; ² Zero comments But for … Continue Reading…

Forgotten Gem: Steven Soderbergh’s KING OF THE HILL

NOTE: A slightly different version of this post first was published at FILMINQUIRY.COM, an independent film magazine. Back in 1993, Steven Soderbergh, just off the disappointment that was his ambitious yet unloved second feature, Kafka, turned … Continue Reading…

Father’s Day Spectacular!

The Conflicted Film Snob shares a special bond with his father, so special, in fact, that I’ve never lied to him. Ever. Because of the bond. The power of which … Continue Reading…

Classic Films in 70mm

Living in the big city one sadly tends to take certain landmarks and cultural institutions for granted. Take, for instance, the John Hancock Center and Willis (Sears) Tower, two architecturally significant Chicago … Continue Reading…

Anatomy of a Scene: “CE3K” Edition

The recent release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the passing of Vilmos Zsigmond, one of the great cinematographers, got me thinking about the two groundbreaking science fiction epics released back in … Continue Reading…

The Art of Motion Picture Sound Design, Pt. 2

So, you survived Part 1 and, masochist you are, you’re back for even more. Impressive…most impressive. As you’ll recall, previously we covered in very broad strokes the history of motion picture … Continue Reading…