Articles from September 2014

Creative and critical movie writing from the Ped Mall to the moon!

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Screenshot of America, Through The Eyes of Our Youth

America, Through The Eyes of Our Youth

Never have I seen film that displays the heartache and passion of childhood as well as Rich Hill does.
The Trip to Italy movie poster

The Trip to Italy: Staying Small for the Sequel

Please don’t take it as hyperbole when I say that The Trip to Italy (2014) is a type of film we should probably have more of.
The Internet’s Own Boy movie poster

The Internet’s Own Boy

Most films, we view for entertainment. Some, we view to deepen our education. But behind certain films—a select and potent few—there lies a moral imperative so powerful as to make not watching them feel like a crime.
A kid holding Empire Records-released CDs

The Empire Strikes Back

When I was nine, I kept a Saturday ritual: after breakfast, I’d slick my hair into a messy pompadour with water from the bathroom sink, clamber onto the roof of my clapboard tree fort, and loop the Empire Records soundtrack on my DiscMan until someone noticed me.
Screenshot from Frank

Surprisingly Touching and Charmingly Bizarre, Frank Is Enthralling

Casting Michael Fassbender in a role that covers his face with a huge, fake, fiberglass one seems like a huge waste of something very nice to look at.
Night of The Hunter movie poster

Night of The Hunter: A Visual Treat

The Classical Hollywood System is typified by films like Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Casablanca, and The Wolf Man, where a kiss implied sex, the sound of a gunshot implied death, and Clark Gable’s famous line in Gone with the Wind was scandalous.