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Fresh Blood For The Old Guard: Sherlock Jr/One Week

Due to the overwhelming nature of Buster Keaton’s genius, any evaluation of his works leads to a lot of superlatives getting launched his way. So, this article can’t help but double as Mad Man McKinnon’s Marvelous Menagerie of Magnificently Manly … Continue reading

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Fresh Blood For The Old Guard: The Conversation

Francis Ford Coppola most definitely sits high up in the pantheon of great film makers, probably with tenure. Nothing in his estimable career can match up to the year he had in 1974, when he released a pair of Best … Continue reading

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Fresh Blood For The Old Guard: Intolerance

In this era of blockbusters, casting as wide a net as possible seems to be the top priority. Films must appeal to four quadrants, and do their best to keep from alienating any particular group of people if they hope … Continue reading

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Fresh Blood For The Old Guard: Duck Soup

Trying to form screenwriting and filmmaking criticism regarding strict comedies presents an interesting challenge. A film like Duck Soup makes no pretensions towards crafting a complex or interesting story. Its sole priority is to entertain. There’s no shortage of nobility … Continue reading

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Fresh Blood For the Old Guard: Spartacus

No matter how much of a fanatic we profess to be, we all have gaps in our knowledge when it comes to our passions. Here, I’ll share my first experiences with canonical pieces of cinema. A few years ago, I … Continue reading

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Scattered Thoughts: Avengers, Justice League, and why superhero team-ups actually mean something

With the Avengers laying absolute waste to box office records around the world, it got me thinking about superhero crossovers in general. Personally, I’ve always been fascinated by them, no matter how bizarre or arbitrary they may seem to outsiders. … Continue reading

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Oscar Talk: Midnight in Paris

There’s an interesting thing that happens when a writer becomes a celebrity. Woody Allen is probably the only screewriter I can think of who has this issue. Sure, there are some famous screenwriters out there, but Allen’s life is uniquely … Continue reading

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Oscar Talk: The Descendants

When people walk into a movie theater, or pop in a dvd, their first and simplest hope is to see something new. People want to be transported, brought into novel worlds with unfamiliar cultures and bizarre new sets of rules … Continue reading

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Oscar Talk: Hugo

More so than any other medium, film seems to embrace a rich and flattering appreciation for its own history. This year’s Academy Award frontrunners, Hugo and The Artist, can certainly attest to that. Maybe it’s because making a film is … Continue reading

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Oscar Talk: The Ides of March

The Ides of March is a dark, cynical thriller about the campaign for nomination of George Clooney’s Governor Mike Morris. From the beginning, Ryan Gosling’s Stephen Myers, a political wunderkind, sees Morris as a once in a lifetime figure: a … Continue reading

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