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Film
The World Is Ready for 'Star Wars Episode VII'
By Paul Gibbins
All signs point to the upcoming seventh installment of Star Wars remediating the follies of the prequel trilogy and returning the series to its original glory. [20.Apr.15]
Double Take: Metropolis (1927)
By Steve Leftridge and Steve Pick
Double Take looks at the men, the machine, the Moloch, the maiden, the master, and Metropolis as we attempt to find the intermediary heart between the Expressionism and politics. [20.Apr.15]
You Can Tell Where 'True Story' Is Going Five Minutes In
No matter how much the ruthless male leads of this film (Jonah Hill and James Franco) try to control the narrative, it's all too obvious where their lie-fueled story is going. [20.Apr.15]
'Late Phases' Is a Tame and Toothless Experience
This tale of werewolves run amok in a retirement community could do with more guts -- in every sense. [20.Apr.15]
'Unfriended', Social Media, and the Horror of Sharing Too Much
Unfriended raises a few good questions concerning how social media works, how it is used, and also how it shapes experience. [17.Apr.15]
Reviews
No matter how much the ruthless male leads of this film (Jonah Hill and James Franco) try to control the narrative, it's all too obvious where their lie-fueled story is going. [20.Apr.15]
This tale of werewolves run amok in a retirement community could do with more guts -- in every sense. [19.Apr.15]
Unfriended raises a few good questions concerning how social media works, how it is used, and also how it shapes experience. [17.Apr.15]
By adding too many subplots and political asides to the true story of Soviet serial killer Andrei Chikatilo, Child 44 becomes a deadly bore. [17.Apr.15]
By Judy Hur
As Monkey Kingdom turns into another cookie-cutter family film in which the underdog overcomes all odds, it's easy to lose track of the incredible documentary footage. [17.Apr.15]
Playing a one-eyed special forces soldier, Kurt Russell has to save an inexplicably British president of America from a dystopian New York in this early '80s classic from director John Carpenter. [16.Apr.15]
Mixed Media
News
Features
By Paul Gibbins
All signs point to the upcoming seventh installment of Star Wars remediating the follies of the prequel trilogy and returning the series to its original glory. [19.Apr.15]
By Mark Palermo
The Left is veering uncomfortably close to the Right in its half-informed demonization of individuals and artworks, as response to Get Hard illustrates. [01.Apr.15]
Columns
Themenastics
Boyhood sets itself the daunting task of reflecting the breadth of a human adolescence, but it instead reveals that it is in life's minutia that we find the most meaning. [16.Apr.15]
Short Ends & Leader
The real charm of Sullivan’s Travels is the way it exposes Hollywood’s mediation of the Depression and the trauma it inflicted. [15.Apr.15]
From The Blogs
By Steve Leftridge and Steve Pick
Double Take looks at the men, the machine, the Moloch, the maiden, the master, and Metropolis as we attempt to find the intermediary heart between the Expressionism and politics. [20.Apr.15]
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