Category Archives: Film

The Musketeers of Pig Alley: Birth of a Genre

Three years before D.W. Griffith would be immortalized with his epic Birth of a Nation, and a year later, Intolerance, he directed a one-reel curiosity named The Musketeers of Pig Alley. It may not depict the “birth of a nation,” but it is, rather, the birth of the gangster film. The Musketeers of Pig Alley… Continue Reading

Hitchcock’s Suspense and Surprise

In a famous interview with film critic and director Francois Truffaut, Alfred Hitchcock described the difference between suspense and surprise: “We are now having a very innocent little chat. Let us suppose that there is a bomb underneath this table between us. Nothing happens, and then all of a sudden, “Boom!” There is an explosion. The… Continue Reading

Non Traditional Easter Movies

In honour of the upcoming Easter holidays, here’s a short list of movies to help celebrate. While most of these movies are not directly Biblical (I left out the obvious choices, like The Passion of the Christ), they are all either allegorical, make strong references to the life and characters of Jesus, or otherwise explore… Continue Reading

Dead Man Walking: The Way Film Speaks

Little drives me up the wall faster than the argument about which “kind” of art is better, or superior, to others. This usually comes in the form of “the book is always better.” Yet, we have this bizarre need to legitimize one artistic medium by comparing it to another: for example, when a video game… Continue Reading

Movies for St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is upon us again and I thought I’d put together a list of movies in case pub crawling has gotten old (or, like me, you think that sounds like the 9th circle of hell). I’ve split this list into categories covering different aspects of Irish history and culture. This is by no… Continue Reading

Equilibrium: Noticing the World

I really love Equilibrium. It’s certainly not in danger of being called perfect, and there is a surprising amount of nastiness towards it on its imdb forum, but it does something very few other action movies do: it not only notices, but appreciates, the ordinary. Equilibrium takes place in the fictional city of Libria, a fascist state founded… Continue Reading

First Year Film – Term 2 Part 2

This is the final part of my Introduction to Film syllabus series. You can navigate to any other section here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 Week 22 – National Cinema: Canada Films: Last Night (1998) Reading: article “Producing National Cinema” by Gittings We spent this week talking about the film industry in Canada. We… Continue Reading

First Year Film – Term 2 Part 1

This is the first half of the second term from my Introduction to Film class. You can navigate to any other section here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 4 Week 14 – Film Artists/Auteurs Films: Vertigo (1958) Reading: BT p418-23; Hayward terms – auteur; article “Ideas of Authorship” by Buscombe This week we were introduced… Continue Reading

First Year Film – Term 1 Part 2

This is the second half of the first term of my Introduction to Film class. You can jump to another section here: Part 1, Part 3, Part 4 Week 8 – Continuity Editing Films: Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927); clips from The Maltese Falcon (1941) Reading: BT p294-333, p415-18; Hayward terms – editing,… Continue Reading

About Sinéad Donohoe

A writer from London, Ontario. These are her adventures in writing, movie loving, and general mayhem.