Oscar Bait: 2011 Films

Oscar Bait: 2011 Films

In recent years, however, this simple idea of allowing truly inspiring and thought provoking feats of cinema to be seen by more people has been trumped by celebrity orientated culture and a public thirst for being comfortable in the movie theaters, rather than challenged. 2011, as in no other, offers the best example of this sudden divergence from masterful works of art to hokey, trite pieces of fluff that will be forgotten before the year is out.
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From Book to Film: Part two

From Book to Film: Part two

In the previous installment of From Book to Film, we discussed two films that, though adapted from a novella and a novel, respectfully, differed from their source material in terms of narrative structure, adding, expanding upon or even skipping over plot points while still managing to create a strong, everlasting cinematic experience.
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Books to Film: Part One

Books to Film: Part One

A novel is such a singular experience it is no wonder that adapting a book to the medium of film is as arduous a task as any. When you read, you are alone. Not in the sense that no one else is around you, but rather that you are the reader and the narrator and the painter of the scenes in your head. You provide the voices and translate the imagery to fit the way you perceive the story.
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For Remake’s Sake: A Continual Exploration into the Art of Story-Retelling - The Departed and Infernal Affairs

For Remake’s Sake: A Continual Exploration into the Art of Story-Retelling – The Departed and Infernal Affairs

To remake a film, one must fight against all the images, characters, lines and scenes of the original that play in your head like a never ending carousel going ‘round and ‘round and ‘round, and create something new and hopefully just as appealing. But with so much of the magic of film lying in the realms of unexpectedness, that unidentifiable factor that evokes emotion and establishes deep-rooted connections between the characters and audience is there an art or a point to retelling a story that worked well in the first place?
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Trailer Time

Trailer Time

Since the start of the new millennium, when the internet really took off, movie spoilers have taken a whole new direction. With websites that employ photographers to sneak around sets and take as many pictures as they can, and camera phones that grant ordinary citizens the same power, audiences seem to want to know everything about a movie before it comes out, giving way to a comfortable theater experience that does not offer any surprises.
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The Best of the Set: Louie

The Best of the Set: Louie

Louis CK is the hardest working comic in the business. After years on the road as a stand-up comedian, working gigs and honing his raw tone and sharp insight into a funnel for social satire and jabs at the ridiculous nature of culture, he has finally found the perfect outlet for his unflinching humor and surprisingly touching intellect: FX.
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A Banner Year: Five movies you should watch from 1999

A Banner Year: Five movies you should watch from 1999

It wasn’t so long ago that a single year could produce more than one film that could be put on a shelf amongst the greats. The most recent example is 2007, with "No Country for Old Men" and "There Will Be Blood" standing proud as prime exhibits of creative force and the possibilities of a year in film that shines a light on more than one masterpiece. But even these seemed two amongst thousands in an otherwise standard year.
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One You Might Have Missed: 13 Assassins

One You Might Have Missed: 13 Assassins

Set in the mid 19th century, “13 Assassins” follows a group of samurai warriors, a title which itself is fading in respect and necessity, who attempt to kill a sadistic Lord Naritsugu before he has a chance to take the throne and plunge the country into violence, death and despair. After Naritsugu ruthlessly kills innocent citizens, even taking to rape and dismemberment, Shinzaemon, a man well practiced in the fleeting way of the samurai, is brought in to council and eventually lead the small rebellion against the Lord’s tyrannical rule.
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One You Might Have Missed: Cedar Rapids

One You Might Have Missed: Cedar Rapids

With the rate that films enter and exit a theater, it comes as no surprise that a good film will often go unrecognized. Such was the case with “Cedar Rapids” a slow burner of a film that starts methodically but slowly and relentlessly builds into a raucous and hilarious ride through the titular city.
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The Best of the Set Pt. III: Deadwood

The Best of the Set Pt. III: Deadwood

Set at the titular mining camp at the base of the Black Hills of South Dakota, "Deadwood" follows the members of the small, lawless community as they acclimate to or try to keep control of the unsteady nature of the makeshift town. But not being a part of the United States and owing justification to no one, Deadwood thrives on mischief, mayhem, whiskey and whores.
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The Best of the Set - Twin Peaks: A Retrospective

The Best of the Set – Twin Peaks: A Retrospective

The 90's were a glorious time for television. With the lighthearted and almost meaningless fluff that filled living rooms the last forty years finally wearing viewers, and the emergence of cable stations like HBO as a viable means to tell gripping stories without the restraints of basic cable budgets, producers, and writers alike saw a change in audiences brewing and took the opportunity to push their creativity and story telling into a new, much more raw territory.
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