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The Problem of Ideology

There is no escaping ideology in art. Everything from painting to filmmaking will in some small way contain a part of the artist’s view of the world. It is only natural, after all, that when a person creates something they imbue it with what they know, how they feel, with a message they want to […]

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Deadpool

To massively paraphrase JFK “my fellow nerds, ask not whether you should see Deadpool, ask instead what snacks you will buy when you see Deadpool.” Finally we have a mainstream comic book movie that fully captures both mass market appeal and the excellent characters as they are written in their comics. Deadpool may just be […]

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Point Break

What made the original Point Break great? It was simple, and most importantly fun. Who wouldn’t love a surfer/heist movie starring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze, with Anthony Kiedis hanging around in the background with stupid hair? It didn’t try to be gritty or high art; it was a film that knew exactly what it […]

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The Revenant

  Based on a remarkable true story, The Revenant follows frontiersman and fur trapper Hugh Glass as he seeks revenge against the man who killed his son and left him for dead after being attacked and nearly killed by a grizzly bear. What follows is two hours of cinematic genius. To put it succinctly, The […]

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In the Heart of the Sea

  I tried to read Moby Dick once. I failed. In the Heart of the Sea reminded me of that experience insofar as the synopsis was far more enticing than the product. Set in the early 19th century, at the height of the whaling industry, the film follows the story of The Essex and its […]

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Let’s Talk About the Master – An Ode to Akira Kurosawa

Akira Kurosawa’s 57 year long career comprises an essential filmography for any aspiring director or true lover of film. This article could just have been a list of films; such is the visual power of Kurosawa. However, despite being called “the Beethoven of movie directors” by 12 Angry Men director Sidney Lumet, a sentiment much […]