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Archive for July, 2013

Upstream Color


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The human brain’s capacity for memory is far beyond anything we have thus far imagined. Smells. Sights. Sounds. Feelings – physical and emotional. All of these trigger neurons that dig into the depths of the database that is our mind. As Upstream Color shows, even hypnotic drugs cannot prevent our brain from recognizing our actions. Continue reading

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Why Sharknado Should Be Taught in Film School


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I’m doing something a little different today since the grade for Sharknado is obvious…If that grade is anything but an F in your mind, I’ll pray to the Lumiere brothers for your immortal soul in the cinematic afterlife. But I do feel that Sharknado can play a crucial role in the world apart from reintroducing us all to Ian Ziering and Tara Reid – something we weren’t aware we needed. Continue reading

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind


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George Clooney is in the midst of directing his fifth movie. His previous films, especially Ides of March and Good Night, and Good Luck, all showcased a stylized aesthetic and solid anecdotal fluidity. So what happened with his debut, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind? Charlie Kaufman happened. Continue reading

Swingers


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It’s fairly common knowledge that breakups are hard. They take an emotional toll that erodes self-confidence and often kills personal drive. Consequently, reigniting your love life, or even social life, is even harder. Jon Favreau clearly has felt this pain considering the authenticity of Swingers. Continue reading

Oldboy (South Korea)


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According to everyone’s trusted source, Wikipedia, a cult film (or classic) is a film that has acquired a significant, devoted following often years or decades after the film’s initial release. Oldboy was released in 2003 and has since grown in legend and reputation. The cult fervor over this Korean revenge drama grew to the point that the U.S. simply had to remake it. The update, directed by Spike Lee and starring Josh Brolin, looks to retain some of the intensity, but the question is whether or not the content will make the cultural transition. Continue reading

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