This blog is to talk about films. I love watching films, but I had never put my thoughts about this subject on a blog format… now, it’s about time! This blog will include reviews and in-depth analyses.
A few of my favourite films are:
- Ex Machina (2015, dir. Alex Garland)
- Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain (2001, dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet)
- Casablanca (1942, dir. Michael Curtiz)
- My Sassy Girl (2001, dir. Kwak Jae-yong)
- In the Mood for Love (2000, dir. Wong Kar-wai)
- etc., etc.
All film recommendations are always welcome.
About the Review Style
If you read film reviews like I do, there is a high chance that a well-established and popular review is going to spoil a lot about the film. Since I was a child, I never could get this. Why one should tell the most interesting/surprising/ twisted elements of a film when the aim of the review is to criticize and recommend (or not) the film that is being revised. I believe that one can analyse films without spoiling it for others.
For this reason, in Surrounded by Films I opt for an alternative version. I do not spoil the film and I analyse it. If you’re looking for a detailed analysis (with spoilers) then see my in-depth section. As these film reviews are my own vision and thought of the film, I like to use a blog-ish format, in which you can find my personal expectations at the beginning (and sometimes end) of my blog post.
Having a formal education on film criticism at the University of Amsterdam, I attempt to analyse the reviewed films through all its aspects, for instance, editing, sound, cinematography, etc, in a balanced manner. I hope that you enjoy reading my blog posts as much as I enjoy watching and writing about films!
→ How often do I post? I am trying to post a brand new review every week.
→ What kind of films do I write about? My preference goes to World Cinema, which I understand as anything but Hollywood. However, now and then, I have to address some Hollywood films that have a major impact on society, for example, Beauty and the Beast (2017) with Emma Watson.
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