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On ‘The Shape of Water,’ Loneliness, and the Purpose of Sexual Intimacy

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– By Sam Hendrian – Well, the Academy has spoken, and Guillermo Del Toro’s The Shape of Water has been declared the best movie of 2017. Whether or not you agree with the Academy’s decision– I myself would have chosen Phantom Thread— it is undeniable that The Shape of Water is a beautifully filmed and thought-provoking piece of cinema despite …

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On ‘American Graffiti’ and Having the Courage to Leave Our Comfort Zones

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This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – Spoilers Below Before there was Luke Skywalker, there was Curt Henderson. Ring a bell? Probably not. He is the ordinary but immensely relatable young man at the heart of American Graffiti, George Lucas’s first hit film that came out four years before Star Wars. A fun, …

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Chaos & Creation on an Ecological Level in ‘Annihilation’

In Featured, Movie Reviews, Renard Bansale, Reviews by Impact Admin

(2018—Director: Alex Garland) — by Renard N. Bansale — High ★★★★ (out of 5 stars) “Almost none of us commit suicide, and almost all of us self-destruct.” — Dr. Ventress (Jennifer Jason Leigh) to Lena (Natalie Portman) Potential spoilers below Few writers have demonstrated versatility with regards to artistic medium like Alex Garland. The English writer had three novels and …

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The Reel March Madness: March 2018

In Culture, Featured, Tyler Carlos by Impact Admin

— by Tyler Carlos — As the shortest, and yet somehow longest, month comes to a close, the moviegoers have much to be excited about as we head into March. Similar to last year, it seems that movie studios are eager to release some of the most anticipated titles to end the first quarter of 2018 with a bang. Each week …

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‘The Pursuit of Self-Discovery’: Why Independent Cinema is an Aspiring Filmmaker’s Greatest Asset

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– By Ben Escobar – How many times have you seen a really good movie and immediately after can’t help but say, “I want to make movies like that one day,” and then you give it a shot, but then end up failing miserably? Depending on the number of movies you’ve made, probably more than you’re comfortable with. We’ve all been …

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‘Broadchurch’ Flips the Procedural Script

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– By Carly Twehous – Admittedly, I have a bit of a personal vendetta against procedural crime shows. Let’s do a head count. Name all the cop shows on network television today. All the variations and flavors of C.S.I., N.C.I.S., and Law & Order, Criminal Minds, Castle, Bones, Blue Bloods, Blindspot, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Sorry, Marvel. I still love you.), …

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10 Biggest Oscar Snubs of All Time

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–By Sam Hendrian– “And the winner is… La La Land!” A few moments later… “Actually, Moonlight won.” So went one of the biggest flubs in Oscar history at the 89th annual Academy Awards ceremony in 2017. While legitimate mistakes like this have not been made too often over the course of Academy Awards history, many decisions that opinionated movie fans …

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A Superhero-King Confronts the Sins of His Father in ‘Black Panther’

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(2018—Director: Ryan Coogler) — by Renard N. Bansale — High ★★★½ (out of 5 stars) “A man who has not prepared his children for his own death has failed as a father.” — T’Chaka (John Kani) to T’Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) Potential spoilers below Greetings, cinema of 2018! It is hard to believe that I have jumped from watching around …