Vincent Li Sun

  • In her essay “Tales of Upward Mobility: The New Verticality and Digital Special Effects,” Kristen Whissel discussed how the advancement of technology has led to the increased use of the vertical axis in recent films. Whissel argues that “at its most basic level, the new digital verticality is a technique for activating polarized extremes.” (Whissel […]

  • justselina commented on the blog post Michael Allen 9 years, 11 months ago

    Hi, it is very interesting that you said, “The reason for this is that movie directors usually shoot a scene that utilizes CGI special effects creatures for a very short period (seconds) and give the monster or creature as little time on the screen as possible. By granting the audience only a glimpse, the viewers […]

  • sorry, i just want to add something. i think, unlike the old “cinema of attraction”, the new era of “cinema of attration” actually try to combine good stories and “attractions”, but chooses to focus on one of them. you mentioned that the speacial effects should be in the background, and that is right for the […]

  • Hi, your idea was interesting, however, i think i might disagree with it. as the film industry became more commercialized, some people seem to make films to gain audiences instead of just creating an art piece, and i am not saying that film has lost its sense of art, but partially, it has become a […]

  • Hi, you have mentioned that photographic images seem not discernable from digital images, and i think i have to agree with that too. in fact, i think what film is different from is theater performances, which concerns about the presence of the performances and audiences. however, if anything is being recorded, no matter by printed […]

  • Hi, it’s a very interesting idea you have mentioned about Tom Gunning’s work. i couldn’t help trying to figure out one film that is opposite to your opinion, which is that there must be at least two individual interacting; but i failed to find any (at least from what i have seen). so i think […]

  • ThumbnailTom Gunning introduced the term “cinema of attractions” to us in his writings. As he mentioned: “the cinema of attractions solicits a highly conscious awareness of the film image engaging the viewer’s curiosity.” Instead of having the audiences focusing on the narrative, I think the films from cinema of attractions encourage the audiences to remain aware […]

  • hi, i think that “The program may be awful, but that one girl changes everything” is a very interesting idea you have brought up, and indeed, it is mostly true. at least, in my opinion, it is very true on the pure entertainment level (although it might not be very accurate on art level). those […]

  • Metz in his essay, discussed three areas with psychoanalysis: mirror identification, voyeurism and fetishism.  He brings up the idea of film being a mirror, only that everything may come to be projected, except the spectator’s own body. In this sense, he further explains the audience as all-perceiving subject since we are only looking without being […]

  • the film i am going to write about for the final project is Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner. As i found several aspect/themes in the film very interesting. First and the most obvious one is the discussion over humanity, since the story deals with human and replicant (robot), and it has been ambiguous in distinguishing these two. Secondly, the issue […]

  • Vincent Li Sun wrote a new post, Third Cinema, on the site Film Theory 10 years ago

    I used to be confused about the definition of third cinema, which I thought was that it is the cinema of third countries. However, upon reading the articles, I have gotten a clear sense of the meaning of third cinema, which is that, in my opinion, it is a rejection to the first cinema style; […]

  • justselina commented on the blog post Auteur Theory 10 years ago

    stars as auteur in films can be seen in many examples, such as Bruce Willis, Johnny Depp, etc. There is one thing i have been thinking. As Dyer mentioned in the reading, Stars who are writer or director themselves are excepted from this case. so if we only consider the stars who just perform for […]

  • justselina commented on the blog post The Auteur and the Film 10 years ago

    it is true that the quality of each film should be considered separately and not affected by the authorship since a good director can direct bad films. However, it seems to me that “viewing based on an objective measure” is more likely a theoretical idea. audiences are biased, everyone has their own measurement on the […]

  • Auteur theory, as I see, does not have a certain definition, so it might not be easy to understand. Generally, it could be described as a personal style and characteristic of one film director. As Andrew Sarris mentioned in his essay Notes on the Auteur Theory in 1962 , the auteur theory is made up with three […]

  • justselina commented on the blog post Film Reality 10 years, 1 month ago

    i don’t know if you can see my screen name other than “justselina” (that’s what i see), but just in case, it’s Vincent Li Sun.

  • justselina commented on the blog post Film Reality 10 years, 1 month ago

    great post! i agree with your point “A close-up is meaningless by itself without a context to derive meaning from.” Indeed, as we read in previous readings, it is editing that gives the meanings to the film. but rather than using “giving”, i think “brings out” is a more appropriate description. close ups can certainly […]

  • Bela Balasz mentioned that the close ups reveals the most hidden parts in our life, also, it does not only widen out vision of life, but also deepen it. Indeed, in real life, as well as in films, we usually are not able to notice some detail things that might be very important, but a […]

  • justselina commented on the blog post 10 years, 1 month ago

    sorry i have to post a second one, just realize i used the screen name “justselina”, which no one might know who i am. so please delete the first post, i have attached the post in this one: justselina Said, February 26, 2010 @ 2:40 pm Hi, you have brought up a really good discussion […]

  • justselina commented on the blog post 10 years, 1 month ago

    Hi, you have brought up a really good discussion on editing and the example is great. indeed, editing tends to give films their meanings. as you mentioned, the consistency of the film depends on editing. every cut means something, connecting a movement, switching a focus, etc. however, there could be some exceptions, in my opinion. […]