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Technology Vs. Humanity: Why ‘Next Gen’ Is the Most Important Movie of 2018

In Culture, Featured, Movie Reviews, Reviews by Amanda Valdovinos

– By Amanda Valdovinos – Spoilers below. Amid the current saturation of dystopian and sci-fi content in the media industry, the vast majority of Netflix viewers may have missed last week’s release of the Netflix original animated film Next Gen. At first glance, Next Gen camouflages as “another cute robot film” in the same vein as Disney/Marvel’s Big Hero 6 …

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It’s not U, It’s Ur Gram: What ‘Eighth Grade’ Teaches Us About Society, Anxiety, and Maybe Even Sanctity

In Culture, Featured, Reviews by Amanda Valdovinos

– By James Powers – In many ways, I think most of us never quite grew out of the awkward terror of middle school. If this weren’t the case, how else would A24 have expected to successfully market its R-rated Eighth Grade? What would the target adult demographic have found compelling about a movie focused on that phase of life, …

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7 of the Best Female Characters in Action Movies

In Culture, Featured, Industry Insights by Amanda Valdovinos

– By M Pelchat – In your basic Hollywood action movie, there are usually only a few different types of female characters: the classic damsel in distress, the sexy warrior, or the emotionless assistant.  While these cliches make for simple stories, they often leave the audience with very forgettable characters. A female character should not be confined to one aspect, …

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The Lie of the Digital Paradise

In Culture, Featured, Joe Campbell by Amanda Valdovinos

– By Joe Campbell – The following contains spoilers for Westworld up through the end of season 2, and the Black Mirror episode San Junipero. Charlie Brooker liked to disturb his audience, and his newest story offered the most terrifying ending yet. The writer and creator of the dark sci-fi anthology show Black Mirror had become famous for injecting his …

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A Newbie’s Guide to Attending Comic-Con

In Culture, Featured by Amanda Valdovinos

– By Lana Young – Last year my best friend Julia and I were able to check the San Diego Comi-Con off our bucket list, and we continued to surprise ourselves by succeeding in getting tickets for the second year in a row! Below are some things I want to pass on about my experience from attending the past two …

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On The 2018 Met Gala and the Catholic Church’s Place in Fashion

In Culture, Featured by Amanda Valdovinos

– By Natasha Doran – Every year, the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art holds a Gala to fund the museum’s fashion exhibit. Invited guests donate money for their tickets (starting at around $30,000) to be the first to see that year’s exhibit before it opens to the public. The exhibit showcases the work of famous and up-and-coming …

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7 Books That Should Be Adapted For Film

In Culture, Featured by Amanda Valdovinos

– By Amanda Valdovinos – It’s no secret that the trend of adapting books, short stories, and other published material to the big screen is on the rise in Hollywood. Literature has always been one of the first sources for the film industry to draw on for inspiration, but why the sudden influx of material going from novel to theater? …

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5 Influential Directors Every Film Student Should Study

In Ben Escobar, Culture, Featured by Impact Admin

– By Ben Escobar – Before you continue reading the list, it’s critical to note that such a list is nearly impossible to condense down to 5 esteemed artists. The following directors mostly work in independent cinema and are not widely known by the average person. It is in my opinion, that the work and style of these directors can have …