Archive for the 2016 Category

LION

Another Oscar season, another film based on yet another one of those “incredible true stories”. A lot of people enjoy films based off real events, claiming that since the story actually happened, it’s more amazing to behold. While the logic is sound, most filmmakers and producers aren’t […]

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MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

Why do you we enjoy going to the movies? Why do you we even like entertaining ourselves in the first place? Well, that’s because real life, for the most part, is boring. Sure, there are moments of excitement, but those times in between usually end up being […]

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HIDDEN FIGURES

Handling heavy subjects, such as racial inequality, requires a certain amount of tact. You need to make your point, but you don’t want to get too overt to where you lose focus on your characters and the story at hand. Many films strive to make a great […]

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THE FOUNDER

The story of a small, family owned restaurant becoming one of the world’s largest fast food chains is indeed a fascinating story, but how necessary is it for it to be told? And if it is necessary, why is a film the right vessel for this story? […]

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2016 – YEAR IN REVIEW

Another year has come to an end, which means it’s time to go over my favorite and least favorite films of 2016. A lot of people have been claiming 2016 was a weak year for films, but I disagree. If you mostly watch the big Hollywood tentpoles, […]

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SILENCE

What’s this? A 17th century period piece telling the story about two Jesuit priests going to Japan to spread Christianity? Doesn’t sound like your typical Martin Scorsese vehicle, but here we are. 26 years in the making, Martin Scorsese has taken a break from the guns, drugs, […]

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LA LA LAND

Everybody loves a good film. Well, what they consider good is completely subjective, but I think it’s safe to say that everyone enjoys a well told tale. Funny how when you add dancing, singing, and extravagant musical numbers, people then tend to lose interest. I get it. […]

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FENCES

Stage plays can be a great medium to tell a story. Films are another great medium for that purpose, too. The two are actually quite similar, in respects of the viewer visually experiencing the story through actors and sets. However, with a stage play, the main focus […]

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NOCTURNAL ANIMALS

Novel adaptations are obviously no new trend, but how about a novel adaptation that’s principally focused on somebody reading an entire novel? Well, now we’re breaking new ground here, folks! Art gallery owner Susan Morrow (Amy Adams) lives a depressing, vapid life with a crumbling marriage, dwindling […]

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MOONLIGHT

Great coming of age stories are few and far between. No doubt, watching the life of someone unfold before you can be interesting, but the thing about life is, most of it is dull and boring. There needs to be some dramatic heft and emotional beats to […]

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