Uncle Ben, Father and Mentor to Ultimate Spider-Man

Uncle Ben, Father and Mentor to Ultimate Spider-Man

Spider-Man Month

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Sordid Cinema #76: ‘The Raid 2′ and ‘Oculus’

Sordid Cinema #76: ‘The Raid 2′ and ‘Oculus’

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Wide World of Horror: ‘T.M.A. (Darkness’) – confusing plot only makes for a confusing film

Wide World of Horror: ‘T.M.A. (Darkness’) – confusing plot only makes for a confusing film

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Arrow Ep. 2.19 “The Man Under the Hood” an hour-long crescendo of awesome

Arrow Ep. 2.19 “The Man Under the Hood” an hour-long crescendo of awesome

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Awkward., Ep 4.01: “No Woman Is an Island” highlights the pressures of senior year

Awkward., Ep 4.01: “No Woman Is an Island” highlights the pressures of senior year

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Fargo Ep. 1.01 “The Crocodile’s Dilemma” introduces Bemidji to the Devil

Fargo Ep. 1.01 “The Crocodile’s Dilemma” introduces Bemidji to the Devil

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Game of Thrones Podcast #22: “The Lion and the Rose”

Game of Thrones Podcast #22: “The Lion and the Rose”

This week we sit down to discuss “The Lion and the Rose,” a game changing episode that sees the death of a major player. Written by George R.R. Martin and directed by Alex…

Greatest TV Pilots: Queer As Folk – A Cultural Milestone

Greatest TV Pilots: Queer As Folk – A Cultural Milestone

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This is Our Design #7: “Yakimono”

This is Our Design #7: “Yakimono”

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Game of Thrones, Ep. 4.02: “The Lion and the Rose” grandly conceived, brilliantly executed

Game of Thrones, Ep. 4.02: “The Lion and the Rose” grandly conceived, brilliantly executed

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The Definitive Religious Movies: 20-11

The Definitive Religious Movies: 20-11

We move into the top 20 now, where the films become incredibly spiritual. One major component seen in many of these religious films: the overtones meant to instill a sense of mystery and…

5 Horror Films Criterion Should Release on Blu-ray

5 Horror Films Criterion Should Release on Blu-ray

Like many film enthusiasts, I love the Criterion Collection. I scoff at some of their selections—I won’t name names—but for the most part, I anticipate new releases with excitement and glee (June’s slate…

Sketchy Episode 114 – ‘Archer (w/ Warren Doyle)’

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Hannibal Ep 2.07 “Yakimono” touched with moments of crazed inspiration

Hannibal Ep 2.07 “Yakimono” touched with moments of crazed inspiration

We knew it wouldn’t be long before Frederick Chilton was a goner for several reasons, but one can't help but think it came a little too soon. Not only has Raúl Esparza provided…

Hey You Geeks!! Podcast #20: A Conversation With ‘Jodorowsky’s Dune’ Director Frank Pavich

Hey You Geeks!! Podcast #20: A Conversation With ‘Jodorowsky’s Dune’ Director Frank Pavich

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Straight Is the New Queer in ‘Les garçons et Guillaume, à table!’

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Interview with John Turturro of ‘Fading Gigolo’

Interview with John Turturro of ‘Fading Gigolo’

From the stage to the screen, the director’s chair to the writer’s room, real-life jack-of-all-trades John Turturro channels his versatility in his latest feature, Fading Gigolo. As Fioravante, a sensitive florist and handyman…

The Definitive Religious Movies: 20-11

The Definitive Religious Movies: 20-11

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Hey You Geeks!! Podcast #20: A Conversation With ‘Jodorowsky’s Dune’ Director Frank Pavich

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‘Child’s Pose’ is a wonder to watch

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New on Video: ‘The King of Comedy’

New on Video: ‘The King of Comedy’

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‘The Raid 2′ a bigger, more intense, and grimmer follow-up to Gareth Evans’ 2012 actioner

‘The Raid 2′ a bigger, more intense, and grimmer follow-up to Gareth Evans’ 2012 actioner

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‘Oculus’ revitalizes supernatural horror with an essential dose of heart and smarts

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The Definitive Religious Movies: 30-21

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The Secret Lives of Christopher Nolan Movies

The Secret Lives of Christopher Nolan Movies

Strange Interpretation #17

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New on Video: ‘Persona’

New on Video: ‘Persona’

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First Trailer for FX’s ‘The Strain’ Based on Guillermo del Toro Trilogy

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Since both science fiction and horror are having a heyday on TV (The Walking Dead, Hannibal, American Horror Story), FX has resurrected a previously-dead pitch for a show, and is adapting The Strain…

Arrow Ep. 2.19 “The Man Under the Hood” an hour-long crescendo of awesome

Arrow Ep. 2.19 “The Man Under the Hood” an hour-long crescendo of awesome

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The Originals, Ep. 1.18, “The Big Uneasy”: A Supernatural War is Brewing

The Originals, Ep. 1.18, “The Big Uneasy”: A Supernatural War is Brewing

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Agents of SHIELD, Episode 1.18: Wisdom of a Kind “Providence”

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From Dusk till Dawn: The Series, Ep. 1.06, “Place of Dead Roads”: Great ep sets up rest of the season

From Dusk till Dawn: The Series, Ep. 1.06, “Place of Dead Roads”: Great ep sets up rest of the season

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The Following, Ep. 2.13, “The Reaping” brings season to new high

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Fargo Ep. 1.01 “The Crocodile’s Dilemma” introduces Bemidji to the Devil

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New Trailer for ‘The Leftovers’ HBO’s new series Looks Absolutely Terrific

New Trailer for ‘The Leftovers’ HBO’s new series Looks Absolutely Terrific

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Greatest TV Pilots: Queer As Folk – A Cultural Milestone

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Believe, Ep. 1.06, “Sinking” puts the focus on Tate

The show puts Tate's history front and centre in this week's episode, giving the audience a better understanding of the character and his motivations in a well-done episode.…

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Tribeca 2014: ‘The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq’ lacks the acting to deliver on its odd premise

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On September 16, 2011, the family and friends of French novelist Michel Houellebecq lost contact with him. Houellebecq went missing for several days, long enough for the French media to get a hold…

Chinese Visual Festival 2014: Overview

Chinese Visual Festival 2014: Overview

The Chinese Visual Festival (CVF) recently announced the screenings and events of its 2014 edition, which runs from May 7th – 18th at King’s College London, with associated events being held at Riverside Studios in Hammersmith in…

Sundance London 2014: Line-up includes ‘Frank’, ‘Fruitvale Station’, and ‘The Voices’

Sundance London 2014: Line-up includes ‘Frank’, ‘Fruitvale Station’, and ‘The Voices’

The third Sundance London Film and Music Festival hits the capital from April 25th-27th, bringing in a variety of great independent films, as well as live music, panel discussions, and special anniversary screenings…

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Tribeca 2014: John Carney’s comedy ‘Begin Again’ will close festival

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Phoenix Film Festival 2014: Interview with PFF Co-Director Jason Carney

Phoenix Film Festival 2014: Interview with PFF Co-Director Jason Carney

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SXSW 2014 Wrap Up: World premieres, directorial debuts, and more!

South by Southwest 2014 felt even larger this year with additions of Keynote speakers, its countless conference events, and of course, the music. South by Southwest is truly the convergence of all things…

24th Annual Festival of Films from Iran: ‘My Name Is Negahdar Jamali and I Make Westerns”

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SXSW 2014: ‘Frank’ takes an odd ball look at the depths of bohemia

SXSW 2014: ‘Frank’ takes an odd ball look at the depths of bohemia

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SXSW 2014: ‘Oculus’ cleverly twists and haunts perception into pure horror

SXSW 2014: ‘Oculus’ cleverly twists and haunts perception into pure horror

People have always been fascinated by mirrors. Something about the ability to see ourselves is utterly unsettling, making it a natural focal point for horror films. Oculus operates as a mind bending, gasp…

SXSW 2014: ‘Space Station 76’ is a look at the future we used to know

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Space Station 76 begins with a narration musing on the impermanence and isolation of asteroidal paths. It’s the overarching metaphor in a film that is hilariously set in a nostalgic, 1970s version of…

SXSW 2014: ‘Harmontown’ is an honest portrait of a complicated man

SXSW 2014: ‘Harmontown’ is an honest portrait of a complicated man

Spawning from the popular podcast and controversial behavior of Community showrunner Dan Harmon, Harmontown is an intimate look into his inner workings through his relationship with the people around him. As with him,…

GFF 2014: ‘The Notebook’ is an impassioned condemnation of the essence of war

GFF 2014: ‘The Notebook’ is an impassioned condemnation of the essence of war

Glasgow Film Festival 2014

Set in a small border village over the course of World War II, Hungarian curio The Notebook is unlike any war film you’ve ever seen. Its central characters are twin boys, named only…

SXSW 2014: ‘Fort Tilden’ and its derivative attempt at exploring the Millennial zeitgeist

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This is Our Design #7: “Yakimono”

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Sketchy Episode 114 – ‘Archer (w/ Warren Doyle)’

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Mousterpiece Cinema, Episode 139: ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’

Mousterpiece Cinema, Episode 139: ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’

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Sketchy Episode 113 – ‘Mr. Peabody & Sherman’

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Game of Thrones Podcast #21: “Two Swords”

with guest Ryan McGee

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This is Our Design #6: “Futamono”

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Stealth as a video game genre was a pretty hard sell in the 90′s. In a time period when the medium was barely outgrowing its infancy, the idea of giving the player less…

NES Kept Alive by Social Media

NES Kept Alive by Social Media

“Hipsters,” nerds, romantics, and other atavists aren’t overly concerned about convenience and portability. They revel in the idiosyncrasies and nostalgic charm of dated technology. They want bulky, cumbersome interfaces to engage with –…

‘Smash Bros’ just keeps looking better and better…

‘Smash Bros’ just keeps looking better and better…

  Super Smash Bros 3DS/Wii U (TBA) Developers: Bandai Namco Games, Sora Ltd Publisher: Nintendo This month’s Nintendo Direct is one a lot of you have been eagerly awaiting; a Smash Bros 3DS/Wii…

Petition: Uncensor the Prefix Trans- From Diablo III Clan Making

Petition: Uncensor the Prefix Trans- From Diablo III Clan Making

Diablo III (PC, OS X, PS3, Xbox 360) Blizzard Entertainment Blizzard Entertainment Trigger Warning: This article contains instances of transphobia and violent threats. (If you are reading this article just for the petition,…

Choking the Hype Machine: Why It’s So Tough to Review Games

Choking the Hype Machine: Why It’s So Tough to Review Games

These issues are further compounded in the gaming medium. A place of constant competition, not just between console-makers and software giants, but even between the developers, and right down to the gamers themselves.…

‘Dark Souls II’ is a Brutal, Beautiful Journey

‘Dark Souls II’ is a Brutal, Beautiful Journey

Fear. It seems to me that when it comes to Dark Souls II, fear is the name of the game. However, as time goes on, that fear is gradually replaced with daring, a…

‘The Walking Dead’ A Telltale Game Series Season Two

‘The Walking Dead’ A Telltale Game Series Season Two

an enjoyable story which fans of the series will love

[Spoiler alert: the following article contains minor details from S2] It wasn’t too long ago that the hearts and minds of gamers around the world were stolen by the tragic tale of a…

‘Kingdom Hearts’: Making the Impossible, Possible

‘Kingdom Hearts’: Making the Impossible, Possible

Developer: Square Enix Publisher: Square Enix, h.a.n.d., Jupiter, Disney Interactive Studios Platforms: PS2, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, PSP, Nintendo 3DS, PS3 (coming soon to PS4 and XboxOne)   Final Fantasy and Disney…

Achievement Races: How the Validation Model Has Changed Gaming

Achievement Races: How the Validation Model Has Changed Gaming

Something has quietly occurred over this soon-to-pass gaming generation, something that has never been seen before in the previous five or so eras of our favorite past time. For some reason people are…

‘Gone Home’ expands the territory of conventional videogame storytelling, retracing the boundaries closer to home

‘Gone Home’ expands the territory of conventional videogame storytelling, retracing the boundaries closer to home

As a teenager, I felt I would never age. Yet I also knew I would, and more than that, I could anticipate that when I did, everything would change. So I stood then,…

Twitch Plays Pokémon! (It’s not very effective)

Twitch Plays Pokémon! (It’s not very effective)

Pokémon Red version (1996) Developer: Game Freak Publisher: Nintendo   Think Dark Souls is a challenge? Had it up to here with Flappy Bird? Try playing the same Pokemon file with 70,000+ people…

Evolution of the Playstation [Infographic]

Evolution of the Playstation [Infographic]

The PlayStation was launched in Japan on December 3, 1994, and in North America on September 9, 1995. Critics praised the console for the quality of its 3-dimensional graphics and The PlayStation was…

Games That Changed Everything: Super Metroid

Games That Changed Everything: Super Metroid

It is something of a crime that the Metroid series has long been akin to the forgotten middle child of Nintendo’s family, the one that is oft ignored in favor of its too…

Sly Cooper is headed for the big screen in 2016

Sly Cooper is headed for the big screen in 2016

On January 28, PlayStation released a trailer for ‘Sly Cooper,’ the movie. Set to hit theaters in 2016 that rascally raccoon is setting out to defend his family tree. The story line is largely…

The Lackluster Apocalypse: Why Resident Evil Is In Big Trouble

The Lackluster Apocalypse: Why Resident Evil Is In Big Trouble

You know, there was a time, about 15 years ago, when this whole Resident Evil idea was pretty damn exciting. Sure, Alone in the Dark had already pioneered the survival horror thing, but…

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Through This Lens: Powell and Pressburger’s ‘Black Narcissus’

Through This Lens: Powell and Pressburger’s ‘Black Narcissus’

Black Narcissus(1947) Written and directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger UK, 1947 Black Narcissus is the story of a group of nuns, led by Sister Clodagh (Deborah Kerr), who attempt to build…

Wide World of Horror: ‘T.M.A. (Darkness’) – confusing plot only makes for a confusing film

Wide World of Horror: ‘T.M.A. (Darkness’) – confusing plot only makes for a confusing film

T.M.A. (Darkness) Screenplay by Martin Nemec Directed by Juraj Herz Czech Republic, 2009 A story isn’t always just a story. As one becomes more and more of a horror aficionado this becomes abundantly…

The Definitive Religious Movies: 20-11

The Definitive Religious Movies: 20-11

We move into the top 20 now, where the films become incredibly spiritual. One major component seen in many of these religious films: the overtones meant to instill a sense of mystery and…

Here Be Dragons: ‘Whisper of the Heart’

Here Be Dragons: ‘Whisper of the Heart’

There’s something even more special about seeing the late Yoshifumi Kondo’s Whisper of the Heart on 35mm. In its intended format, the work is on full display, affording its concern with creativity a…

Sunday Shorts: ‘Waning Moon’, starring Vincent Kartheiser

Sunday Shorts: ‘Waning Moon’, starring Vincent Kartheiser

Today’s film is the 2006 short Waning Moon. The film is written by Ian Clark and Will Ramos, and directed by Luca Colombo. It stars Andy Brosseau, Dallas Johnson, and Vincent Kartheiser. Kartheiser…

‘Yojimbo’ is supreme entertainment under the guidance of the sensei Kurosawa

‘Yojimbo’ is supreme entertainment under the guidance of the sensei Kurosawa

Fistful of Film Fury #6

Akira Kurosawa is known one of Japan’s great cinematic exports, if not the very greatest. Dabbling in drama, historical epics influenced by the works of William Shakespeare and entertaining romps replete with unforgettable…

Saturday Shorts: ‘Serena’, starring Jennifer Garner

Saturday Shorts: ‘Serena’, starring Jennifer Garner

Today’s film is the 2012 short Serena. The film is written and directed by Rodrigo García, and stars Alfred Molina and Jennifer Garner. Garner had a number of roles in movies such as…

‘Woman on the run’ is a light, fun reminder of the power of marriage

‘Woman on the run’ is a light, fun reminder of the power of marriage

Friday Noir #97

Woman on the Run can be viewed as a lark, a simple diversion with good banter and interesting mystery. Then again, it is also a well crafted story about how a marriage rekindles…

New on Video: ‘The King of Comedy’

New on Video: ‘The King of Comedy’

"'The King of Comedy' ends up as a cultural commentary wrapped in a darkly humorous veil, a disturbing work of discomfort, and an extraordinary motion picture."…

The Definitive Religious Movies: 30-21

The Definitive Religious Movies: 30-21

What makes films about religion so interesting is the way some manage to tread a line between support and criticism, while some are vehemently anti-religion or pro-religion. When all is said and done,…

Choking the Hype Machine: Why It’s So Tough to Review Games

Choking the Hype Machine: Why It’s So Tough to Review Games

These issues are further compounded in the gaming medium. A place of constant competition, not just between console-makers and software giants, but even between the developers, and right down to the gamers themselves.…

The Secret Lives of Christopher Nolan Movies

The Secret Lives of Christopher Nolan Movies

Strange Interpretation #17

Christopher Nolan has earned carte blanche by dint of not just vision and execution but depth; he always buries material under the surface. Are you watching closely?…

Saturday Shorts: ‘Connection’, starring Jude Law

Saturday Shorts: ‘Connection’, starring Jude Law

Today’s film is the 2013 short Connection. The film is directed by Vladimir Shcherban, and written by Laura Wade and Nikolai Khalezin. Khalezin also stars in the short alongside Daniella Kaliada, Gurpreet Singh,…

‘T-Men’ is a serviceable if not especially memorable combination of procedural and thriller

‘T-Men’ is a serviceable if not especially memorable combination of procedural and thriller

Friday Noir #96

Movies that meld together fiction and fact as explicitly as T-Men are no longer made. In that respect, the film is something of a time capsule, a curious look into an extinct sub-genre…

‘Sweet Smell of Success’ is a scathing look into the vicious world of 1950s press and gossip

‘Sweet Smell of Success’ is a scathing look into the vicious world of 1950s press and gossip

Friday Noir #95

Watching Sweet Smell of Success is also a tricky venture for those diving in for the very first time. The film takes a few minutes to make clear what the characters are doing,…

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‘The Raid 2′ a bigger, more intense, and grimmer follow-up to Gareth Evans’ 2012 actioner

'The Raid 2' a bigger, more intense, and grimmer follow-up to Gareth Evans' 2012 actioner

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It’s Not TV: HBO, The Company That Changed Television: Road Signs

It’s Not TV: HBO, The Company That Changed Television: Road Signs

20) Road Signs The only thing we know about the future is that it will be different. Peter Drucker Home…

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‘Total Recall’ is arguably among the very best science-fiction films of the 90′s

'Total Recall' is arguably among the very best science-fiction films of the 90's

Based on a Philip K. Dick short story (We Can Remember It for You Wholesale), Total Recall is set in…

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‘Woman on the run’ is a light, fun reminder of the power of marriage

'Woman on the run' is a light, fun reminder of the power of marriage

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The Secret Lives of Christopher Nolan Movies

The Secret Lives of Christopher Nolan Movies

Christopher Nolan has earned carte blanche by dint of not just vision and execution but depth; he always buries material…

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How to fix Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

How to fix Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

There is a sense in watching Kingdom of the Crystal Skull play out that Spielberg’s lack of enthusiasm carried on…

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New on Video: ‘The King of Comedy’

New on Video: 'The King of Comedy'

"'The King of Comedy' ends up as a cultural commentary wrapped in a darkly humorous veil, a disturbing work of…

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Without Theatres: ‘Mon oncle d’Amérique’ reveals Resnais, the film critic

Without Theatres: 'Mon oncle d'Amérique' reveals Resnais, the film critic

To wax in a state of eulogy about Alain Resnais is to have reviewed his last few features at the…


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The Definitive Kubrickian Films: 10-1

The Definitive Kubrickian Films: 10-1

What’s difficult about making this list is finding a balance between a successful Kubrickian film that either predates or pays homage to Kubrick and, for lack of a better term, is a ripoff. Now that…

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Choking the Hype Machine: Why It’s So Tough to Review Games

Choking the Hype Machine: Why It’s So Tough to Review Games

These issues are further compounded in the gaming medium. A place of constant competition, not just between console-makers and software giants, but even between the developers, and right down to the gamers themselves. This is…

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The end of the road. The scripts that should be studied, dissected, and taught for their quality, their timeliness, and their impact on the film industry as a whole. Some were perfect for their time…

Stanley Kubrick and The Major Malfunction

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“Has it ever occurred to you what would happen to my future, if I were to fail to live up to my responsibilities?” - Jack Torrance, before telling his wife that he’s going to bash…