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March 14, 2020

Set in 1770 France, Céline Sciamma’s visually decadent and emotionally intimate feature Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) is a beautiful queer love story that emphasizes the power and peril of ‘the look’ and examines the role of art and ima...

December 9, 2019

My first love will always be American cinema. It’s what I was raised on and has provided a steady diet of enlightenment, escapism, and guilt-free entertainment. But as I grew and my tastes expanded, I wanted more. My first foray into foreign film, i.e. films with subti...

December 2, 2019

Climate change is real. Naysayers who ground their disbelief in a devotion to oil, coal, and just general ignorance may not see the day this planet comes to an apocalyptic ending of our own creation, but it’s coming. Denying climate change is like denying gravity, the...

November 25, 2019

In recent years, Ben Affleck has received deserved praise for his work as a director. He found box office success in 2010 with the skillfully directed heist drama The Town, which also earned Jeremy Renner a Best Supporting Oscar nomination. Affleck was robbed of at lea...

October 28, 2019

With the advent of social media and the proliferation of the 24-hour-a-day news cycle, a much-needed light has been shined on bullying. As if growing up isn’t hard enough there seems to be one constant: there will always be those who single out and punish those they se...

October 21, 2019

The passing of Brittany Murphy in 2009 was tragic not just because she was only 32 but because she showed so much promise as a multi-faceted performer. She burst onto the cinematic scene as the bubbly Tai in 1995’s Clueless and proceeded to prove herself adept at both...

October 15, 2019

I admit it, growing up I was a huge fraidy cat. I was a believer of the Boogeyman, things that go bump in the night, and stayed away from any seemingly “scary” film. Eventually, I grew up and realized that many of the so-called “scary” films were usually over-hyped and...

October 7, 2019

The weather is cooling down, the days are getting shorter and pumpkin is finding its way into everything you can and cannot think of, so Halloween must be around the corner. And with it, the perfect time to reminisce about the films that scare us and still give us nigh...

February 8, 2019

Title: Bandersnatch
Genre: Interactive Media/Psych Thriller 
Director: Charlie Brooker
Stars: Fionne Whitehead, Will Poulter, Alice Poulter

Aesthetic Distance: The gap between the viewer’s conscious reality and the fictional reality presented.

The Distancing Effect: Th...

February 1, 2019

This past December, Netflix released Plan Coeur: the French rom-com series made for those who love to laugh with and at the genre in equal measure. Filled with references to other canonic love stories, such as Titanic and Pretty Woman, the show leaves just en...

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