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David Charpentier
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David Charpentier is perpetually in graduate school, currently earning a MFA in Film Production at Boston University. He also likes to travel, ski, go to concerts and try new foods—if only he could afford to do those things. No kids, one lovely wife, two cats and a whole lot of student loans.


Features

Wednesday, June 16 2010

The Puppeteer of Suspense

No one likes being toyed with, but Hitchcock makes it clear that he is in control; he is directing us, influencing how we think and react to the situation at hand -- and we love him for it.


Columns

Tuesday, December 3 2013

Trapped in a Car Driving Through the Desert with Abbas Kiarostami’s 'A Taste of Cherry'

As civil liberties were absorbed by the religious state and exacting codes of conduct were implemented with brutal force in Iran, Kiarostami used his canvas to show hope to his countrymen.


Sunday, September 8 2013

What Is It About TV These Days?

Can it still be called television if there's no network? Or even no actual, physical television?


Wednesday, May 8 2013

When Everything Changed: Memory, Nostalgia and the Tragic Turning Point

Popular culture creates its own nostalgic image of a time period that is both fact and fiction. When combined with the shaky foundations of our own memories, who can really tell what happened? How will pop culture translate the tragic events of today?


Thursday, March 14 2013

You Can't Escape Your Future or Your Past

In storytelling, the past dictates the future. Plots are laid out like traps that our heroes inevitably fall into. And we, watching Bruce Willis in Looper, or reading of Dream in The Sandman, are thus fated, as well.


Monday, January 7 2013

2012: Another Year the World Should Have Ended

The end of the year is a time for festivities, joy... and naysayers to lament the end of cultural artifacts. The naysayers needn't fear. The world hasn't ended, again. It's just different, now.


Reviews

Tuesday, June 24 2014

In '300: Rise of Empire' We See How Xerxes Became That Bald, Pierced Badass

If 300 is the cinematic equivalent of a video game, then 300: Rise of an Empire, is at water level: murky, awkward and not nearly as fun.


Wednesday, June 18 2014

In 'The Lego Movie' We All Happily Exceed the Recommended Age Limit

There’s a dualist philosophy here between following instructions and letting creativity reign.


Monday, March 10 2014

"Fantastic Mr. Fox' is One Cussin' Fantastic Film

Like Roald Dahl, Wes Anderson seems to have a twisted desire to expose the fallacies of adulthood through the innocent yet knowing eyes of children.


Monday, December 9 2013

'Fast and Furious 6': Because Everyone Needs a Little Danger in Their Lives, Now and Then

Fast and Furious 6 is a movie about cars, muscleheads and an international terrorist plot that can only be saved by muscleheads with cars.


Tuesday, October 22 2013

'The Conjuring' Is a Haunting, Elevated

By shifting it's point of view from a hapless family to a pair of seasoned demon hunters, The Conjuring ends up being a pleasantly frightful experience.


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