Aaron Berry

Writer, film buff, defender of public libraries, protector of bears.

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Where Is the Line That Makes

A broad scope to go over, but in the wake of films like The Florida Project and Beasts of the Southern Wild from this decade, films about the downtrodden in America are often debated in circles of critics who read from a socioeconomic perspective upon their veracity. The discussion of whether a film is being authentic in its portrayal of poverty, or if it’s being artificial and dishonest for the sake of appeasing a middle-class audience is an interesting one, and analyzing the contexts of aspects like class and race while looking over a few select films given/saved from this criticism are worth attempting. What appear to be the common criticisms? What keep the better films from being given the label?

  • I suspect poverty can be presented in different ways because poverty effects different people or families or communities differently. It is not just poverty but different ways of seeing it. Perhaps an essay can address through comparison how poverty is approached in movies, for example. – Joseph Cernik 2 years ago
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While not a film, I find his single contribution to the video game Mass Effect 3 should be among his best works. “Leaving Earth” had that effective dirge of doom you rarely hear in the medium. Really showed how far it could go.

Clint Mansell: A Musical Retrospective

That’s a lovely image. But seriously, it really was a culmination of all the events and one of the best sequences of mainstream cinema in recent years.

Annihilation: The Alienation of Desire

And the “New Wave” of biopics seem to be continuing to 2018 with the release of First Man. I was surprised at the level of nuance that took, in melding a calm character drama with the journey of the greatest space excursion to make a story of determination.

The New Wave of Biopics

It is an interesting detour the studio took at the time. They just simply were experiments that faltered.

Disney's Failed Science-Fiction Era