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Actors and AI: What the end of the SAG-AFTRA Strike Means for the Television and Film Industry

At long last, the 118 day actor’s strike has ended, following the end of the WGA writer’s strike which ended in late September. For those of you who don’t know the motivation behind the two strikes- as always, they lie in pay and benefits, and now concerns over streaming and artificial intelligence.  Streaming essentially took […]

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Killers of the Flower Moon Review: A Masterfully Told Tragedy

I was rather shocked to learn that 80 year old director Martin Scorsese had another movie set to release so soon after 2020’s “The Irishman.” “Irishman” was a movie filled with themes of what it’s like to see the world change around you as you grow old. Seemingly the perfect film for a director with […]

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Emma Seligman’s Bottoms

With 2023 coming to an end, it’s easy to assume that a lot of the year’s heavy-hitter film releases have already come and left theaters. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth thanks to the release of Emma Seligman’s sophomore dark comedy, Bottoms. The film follows highschool students PJ (Rachel Sennott) and Josie (Ayo […]

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The Movie Industry’s Franchise Obsession

Jurassic Park, Terminator, Mission Impossible, James Bond, Fast and Furious, Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean, The MCU, The DCU, Transformers, Lord of the Rings, the number of major movie franchises seems to grow larger and larger with each passing year. Stale ideas being remixed and recast until the final product has only a small […]

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What Kind of Man is Indiana Jones? 

There’s a point in Raiders of the Lost Ark where Rene Belloq, the film’s villain, claims that he and Indiana Jones are distorted mirror images of each other, that all it would take would be one bad day to turn the film’s morally-ambiguous hero into a villain. This scene, to a certain extent, is the […]

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Cocaine Bear: Absurdly Underwhelming

Spoiler Warning! Cocaine Bear is a movie that demands not to be taken seriously. The idea of a drug fueled bear berserking its way through Georgia while doing line after line of cocaine clearly has no basis on reality… right? Well, yes and no. The 175 pound bear this movie is based on did ingest […]

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An Ode to Showcase Cinemas

When I was in high school, I had a big dream: I wanted to go to the movie theater regularly. Crazy, huh? I’m from rural Maine. Trekking to the theater was an endeavor reserved only for the biggest films that simply couldn’t be seen anywhere other than the silver screen — the silver screen at […]

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Classic Film Highlight: Apocalypse Now

Apocalypse Now. Even the title of this beautifully shot and directed 1979 war film carries the societal weight of its subject matter, the Vietnam War. Hellish jungle landscapes, burnt blood stained beaches, and exhausted bullet ridden boats set the stage for the story of Captain Benjamin L. Willard (played by Martin Sheen), a stoic, battle […]

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Singing in the Rain’s Philosophy on the Falsities of Hollywood

Singing in the Rain is a musical joyride that dazzles the eye and astonishes the ears. From its catchy tunes to its endearing story, it has remained a classic well beyond its original satirical timeline. Its lessons remain timeless as well, relating to modern Hollywood just as much, if not more, than the Hollywood of […]

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Essay Film

A Psychological Viewing of Sorry To Bother You

Sorry to Bother You is a film with familiar social commentary expressed in increasingly strange and unfamiliar ways. It has something to say about capitalism, conformity, personal desire, and self-perception, while using multiple principles of social psychology to ground its lofty subject matter. Going above and beyond the expectations of a typical comedy/drama, it effectively […]