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Great Scenes in Great Films

One of the most iconic moments in cinematic history comes from one of the best scenes in Raiders of the Lost Ark.  And if you know the story behind the “Sword to a Gunfight” scene, it makes it even better

La La Land: Review

Director Damien Chazelle continues his success after 2014’s Whiplash with another incredible music centered drama starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling.  This modern-day musical set in LA is gaining hype and praise, which I can safely say is very well deserved. Continue reading “La La Land: Review”

Oscar Nominations Are Out!

Here they are!  This year’s list is pretty stacked!  La La Land leads the race with 14 nominations and is poised to take home a lot of gold statues.  Check out a few of The Academy’s nomination videos and the full list of nominees here! Continue reading “Oscar Nominations Are Out!”

Fences: Review

Denzel Washington directs and stars in this drama about an African American father trying to raise his kids in 1950’s Pittsburgh.  If you love live theater and strong performances, then you will probably really appreciate this film.  If you don’t, then you are in for a two hour slog of dialogue and questionable messages.

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Orson Welles

“If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.”

There Will Be Blood: Review

This dark and somber film by Paul Thomas Anderson is a masterful exploration of capitalism, greed, and its effect on mankind.  Daniel Day-Lewis gives what could be one of the greatest performances of the decade, if not all-time.  It’s a long, slow-paced film, but man is it worth the watch.

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Controlling Information in a Story

YouTuber Lessons from the Screenplay gives another excellent film study, this time on how filmmakers control the information given to an audience.  Using the 2015 science-fiction thriller Ex Machina, he describes how a great film lets the audience take part in the story, thus further engaging them in the film.  If you haven’t subscribed to this guy, please do, because he is fantastic.

10 Best Movie Trailers of All-Time

Movie trailers are something that I have always loved watching.  Even when I pop in a Blu-ray and they roll trailers beforehand, I can’t help but take my finger off the fast-forward button and enjoy them.  The goal of these short snippets is to get us interested and excited to go see a film.  If it gets your butt in the theater seat then it has done its job!   Continue reading “10 Best Movie Trailers of All-Time”

Great Scenes in Great Films

This week’s great scene from a great film is from Christopher Nolan’s last installment in the Dark Knight trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises.  Here we see the very definition of an intimidating and physically imposing villain.  The tables turn for Daggett when Bane proves to him that he was never truly in control.  Say what you will about Bane’s voice, but I really love how the sound is mixed here.  Between Tom Hardy’s menacing performance and Hans Zimmer’s rising theme in the background, this scene is one of the best of the film.

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