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Why Defend Movie Remakes?

A Notorious Business Model or Just Another Form of Repeated Storytelling? “Another remake of Carrie? Oh God, why did they have to destroy that one too!?” This is typically the…

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Starewicz’s Bug’s Life: Russian Animation from the 1920s

The YouTube “rabbit hole” can take you in many different directions. One day it led me to Wladyslaw Starewicz, a Russian animator who transformed his fascination for insects into a…

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“Never let the truth get in the way of a good story” by Mark Brandon “Chopper” Read

Chopper (2000, Australia) 94 min. Unrated Directed by Andrew Dominik Screenplay by Andrew Dominik and based on autobiographical books by Mark Brandon ‘’Chopper’’ Read  For those who liked this year’s…

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Encounters at the End of the Polar Vortex

No movie fits better into our polar vortex theme dedicated to the “chilly” weather we’ve been having these days. Herzog’s 2006 venture to the coldest continent, Encounters at the End of…

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The Silent Space Adventure – Gravity

Wilderness, underwater, war sites, space ships… there are many movies that have a specific environment which is more dominant than the story itself. No movie is more that way than…

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A Visual Journey Through ‘Samsara’

It can take only an image in film to capture something in its entirety. This has been beautifully illustrated by recent films such as The Artist – which resurrected silent-era…

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The Duchess – Dibb’s “Non-Historical” History Drama

The Duchess (2008, UK)  110 min. PG 13 Screenplay by Jeffrey Hatcher, Anders Thomas Jensen and Saul Dibb The Duchess was inspired by Amanda Foreman’s biography Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire. The…

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But You Should Watch Snowpiercer

  Snowpiercer is the untold story (because it’s in the future) of a cowcatcher that’s pissed about its new job. At least it’s got a new job. Amirite? The trailer…

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Only God, and no one else, Forgives Ryan Gosling

Only God Forgives (2013) In the second Refn film to star Ryan Gosling, Vithaya Pansringarm steals the show as the villainous Lt. Chang. Actually, everyone in the film who was…