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Trance Director: Danny Boyle Release Date: April 5 Danny Boyle is quietly becoming an event film director behind a surprisingly experimental and disparate body of work. Boyle is unconstrained by genre and his cinematic triumphs are often as much about style as they are about narrative. Trainspotting, The Beach, 28 Days Later, Sunshine, Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours are all wildly different but each exhibits his high energy visual imprint. His latest is a heist movie revolving around an ... [Read more]

5 Movies to Not Watch in 2013

February 7, 2013
Every year there are a batch of movies that look so garish, far-fetched and expensive that you wonder who greenlighted them and how is their job at Kinko’s going now that their films have flopped at the box office. Still, every year they get made and every year we’re subjected to their hideous advertising campaigns and the unintentionally hilarious trailers that belch forth onto our eyeballs. 2013 is no different. Who knows, maybe behind the outlandish absurdity contained within each of these... [Read more]
Since its inception in 1997, Netflix has redefined an industry formerly dominated by brick and mortar franchises through a series of right-place, right-time innovations. Their monthly flat-rate subscription, unlimited rentals and elimination of shipping, handling and late fees were enough to drive Blockbuster into bankruptcy. The irony probably wasn’t lost on the mom and pop shops that were forced to close their doors when Blockbuster and Hollywood Videos came to town. Netflix stumbled badly ... [Read more]

Star Wars Episode 7: The Return on Investment

November 2, 2012
Nerds across the universe exhaled a collective sigh of relief earlier this week when it was announced that Star Wars would be wrested from George Lucas’ steely grip and placed into the hands of the greatest propagandists in the history of the world. Word of Star Wars: Episode 7 lit a tiny fire in the collective hearth of the Comic-Con-loving peoples of many galaxies as hope spread that the franchise would be placed in the hands of more capable directors.Read more...

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There's got to be a way to extend Halloween into the wastelands of winter. While watching the undead rise during the holidays probably isn’t the best way to give thanks (unless you’re watching The Nightmare Before Christmas), a live thriller on Broadway would be a perfect alternative (holiday gift anyone?). [Read more]


First off, regarding the Oscars, David Fincher said it best in the first line of his unused acceptance speech for Social Network: "We've finally answered the question, 'Apples or oranges?’” Joaquin Phoenix echoed Fincher during his recent Oscar rant in Interview magazine when he said: "I'm just saying that I think it's bullsh*t. I think it's total, utter bullsh*t, and I don't want to be a part of it. I don't believe in it. It's a carrot, but it's the worst-tasting carrot I've ever tasted in my ... [Read more]
It’s rare that a film combines the various elements of narratology in a manner that inspires excitement and anticipation to the degree that RZA’s upcoming masterpiece, “The Man with the Iron Fists” has. Like any exemplary narrative, some of the most important elements – characters, setting, conflict and a masterfully spun plot – truly shine in this upcoming movie, but also included are several intangible elements that can’t simply be explained by narrative theory alone. When Aristotle first fo... [Read more]


You might think you've peeked the scene You haven't, the real one's far too mean The watered down one, the one you know Was made up centuries ago It may just sound all whack and corny Yes, it's awful, blasted boring Twisted fiction, sick addiction Well, gather 'round, children, zip it, listen! - Nicki Minaj As Lindsay and her mother Dina Lohan sped away from Manhattan’s Electric Room in the back seat of their SUV, one can only imagine the conversation that ensued. Early reports sug... [Read more]
Interviews Interviews are the bread and butter of your documentary film. Whether you’re interviewing the President of the United States or your grandmother, your ability to provide lucid, insightful questions and direction to your subject is essential to the success of your documentary. If your documentary doesn’t have a focus, chances are you’re line of questioning won’t either. Be sure to know what the objective of the interview is and what you expect to get out of it before you shine a li... [Read more]
katja kodba / Troubleshooting “It is an experience common to all men to find that, on any special occasion, such as the production of a magical effect for the first time in public, everything that can go wrong will go wrong. Whether we must attribute this to the malignity of matter or to the total depravity of inanimate things, whether the exciting cause is hurry, worry, or what not, the fact remains.” - Nevil Maskelyne, Stage Magician Most if not all film productions manifes... [Read more]