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Friday, June 13, 2014
'22 JUMP STREET' SPLIT-SCREENS ARE 'DE PALMA-ESQUE'
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller's 22 Jump Street, which opened in theaters today, features an apparently inspired use of split-screen that at least one reviewer has deemed De Palma-esque:

Scott Foundas, Variety
"...Lord and Miller also know how to sell a joke visually better than most contemporary comedy directors, and 22 Jump Street is rife with delightful throwaway visual gags, from De Palma-esque split screens to a car chase (between Hummer and helmet-shaped golf cart) that might have been designed by ‘60s-era Richard Lester."

Sam Cohen, Under The Gun Review
"There are even some sly winks at filmmakers like Michael Bay and Brian De Palma through the film’s multitude of comedic set pieces. The film begins with a shot that pans in over Schmidt and Jenko conversing on the top of a parking garage with the sunset in the background. Naturally, some stakes-raising music along with a complimentary lens flare occupy the sequence as an almost direct stab at the generic Hollywood blockbuster aesthetic. That’s the best part about 22 Jump Street, it knows what films to make fun of it but it invites you to be a part of the joke as the viewer."


Posted by Geoff at 7:13 PM CDT
Updated: Friday, June 13, 2014 7:15 PM CDT
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Friday, June 13, 2014 - 8:30 PM CDT

Name: "harry georgatos"

I'll rather see a new De Palma film then a homage to a routine action comedy film. I hope it won't be another five years when De Palma made PASSION after REDACTED. Something must be happening soon?

Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 10:33 AM CDT

Name: "Geoff"
Home Page: http://www.angelfire.com/de/palma

Hi, Harry-- I know what you're saying and I agree, although if a movie is paying homage to a De Palma film, then it is paying homage to a non-routine film, for sure.Wink

As for upcoming De Palma films, there has been no news, but I think we have to understand that De Palma is older now, and while he will probably never "retire" as an artist (he will likely always be working on multiple scripts at a time, seeing which ones actually get produced), these days he seems to prioritize other aspects of life. So he has at least two movies that we know of in some stages of development, and all we can do is wait and see which ones, if any, make it to the gate.

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