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Logan: A Tale of Tragedy

Certainly one of the best ‘superhero’ films of all time, Logan separates from the pack through character depth and development akin to a Greek┬átragedy–perhaps of the neo-mythological kind. Logan’s arc, what a multitude of previous franchise installments have presented but … Continue reading

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Jaws (Spielberg, 1975)

With the aid of Panavision and Technicolor, Spielberg creates a monumental 70s film bringing together the epic scale of David Lean and the captivating action of Alfred Hitchcock. Jaws grabs you and sinks deep. Though psychological and violent, Jaws is … Continue reading

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The Film Cut and Mental Anxiety

The cinema is conscious. This is not a novel idea. There has been much discussion of this in the world of film theory. The cinema is not only reflective of visual culture but an instance of our own reality. In … Continue reading

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The Martian (Scott, 2015)

Everything is too quick, too safe, too easy. There is little a sense of urgency or chaos given the subject. Any given conflict finds quick a solution, with Scott often jumping over any sign of dead time to present only … Continue reading

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Entourage (Ellen, 2015)

Hot chicks in tight short skirts discretely enter and exit the frames of tatami shots. Fancy cars, helicopters, and houses superficially dazzle the audience through extravagant cranes. All the men end up with girls, money, and fame. It’s a boy’s … Continue reading

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Ex Machina (Alex Garland, 2015, USA)

A relatively imaginative undertaking of a not so original concept: artificial intelligence. The interesting difference is that notions of artificial intelligence are placed in the background of a truly more archaic humanity/morality piece. The film establishes tropes and techniques in … Continue reading

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Lucy (Besson, 2014)

Though divisive and critically overlooked, Luc Besson’s Lucy (2014) will surely satisfy the armchair philosopher, especially those psychedelically inclined. Indebted to the LSD consciousness expansion movement of the 60s counterculture, Lucy is frankly the best visual interpretation of Mind at … Continue reading

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Elysium (Blomkamp, 2013)

Despite its constant contradictions, both normative and ideological, and despite its generic plot, which forwards the personal while tenuously grasping the universal, Elysium remains an entertaining exercise in modern blockbuster filmmaking. Unfortunately, the excitement and entertainment wrought by Elysium dies … Continue reading

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Russo Brothers, 2014)

After a rocky start, Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) becomes a tour de force of blockbuster filmmaking. About the time that Fury is chased down by four Hydra men disguised as cops, the film’s well choreographed action sequences and … Continue reading

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