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June 23, 2015

The Visual Opulence of Brian De Palma

Director Brian De Palma is a stylistic auteur who truly uses cinema as a visual art form. By strongly emphasizing the use of groundbreaking and eye-popping visuals as a storytelling device, he explores the meaning of making film with the use of visuals rather than dialogue as a storytelling device. The techniques he uses pushes the boundaries of  typical cinema, and are not used as often in films today. Some of the motifs he frequently uses are slow-motion, split-screen, playing with [...]

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March 27, 2015

The World is Yours: Scarface & The Wolf of Wall Street

Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street and Brian De Palma’s Scarface have considerable parallels. Both films follow the journey of two characters who achieve an abundance of success and then overcome by an overwhelming consumption of wealth and vices in excess. Many audiences revere Jordan Belfort and Tony Montana for succeeding in the achieving the ultimate American dream, overcoming humble beginnings to procure a life of dreams where money is no object. But through [...]

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December 13, 2014

Unconventional Christmas Movies

Not every holiday movie has to be as sugary sweet as the Christmas cookies you eat. Sick of the classics like Elf or It’s A Wonderful Life and want something completely different? Maybe something a little more appropriate for Santa’s naughty list? Here are a few unconventional Christmas movies, either set during the holiday season or with at least one yuletide scene.

Die Hard

Perhaps the most notorious and most celebrated of [...]

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October 12, 2014

Best David Fincher Scenes

Ever since his smash hit Se7en, David Fincher has been one of Hollywood’s most skilled and artistic directors. From the nihilism of Generation X in Fight Club to the dawn of the millennial in The Social Network, Fincher is a generation-defining director. One who studies and captures the ideas of human loneliness and struggle for a connection in the modern world. Let’s take a look of some of the best (in my humble opinion) scenes from a few of his films.

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September 4, 2014

Where Have All The Practical Effects Gone?

While watching Alien the other night, I wondered – why don’t films today use practical effects more often?

As technologies have developed and the use of CGI has become more and more common, many films are relying on it instead of practical effects to get shots done quicker and speed up the production process. Who has time to take hours to build something or spend half a day in a makeup chair when you can edit it on a computer?

That’s not to say [...]

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August 16, 2014

We Are Family: ‘The Birdcage’

In the wake of Robin William’s passing, many are watching his films and taking a look back at his incredible career. One of his finest work is in Mike Nichols’ The Birdcage. Based on the play La Cage Aux Follies, a gay couple agrees to put on a false straight front so that their son can introduce them to his fiancées conservative right-wing parents. The conservative vs. liberals theme is something even more relevant today, nearly eighteen years later, with the fight for gay [...]

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