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‘Isle of Dogs’: An Impressive, Charming Aesthetic Masks an Underwhelming Story

In Ben Escobar, Featured, Movie Reviews, Reviews by Impact Admin

– By Ben Escobar – I love dogs. Who doesn’t? Wes Anderson definitely does, and it shines throughout his latest film, cleverly titled, Isle of Dogs. Known for his signature style that replicates that of a quirky perfectionist telling a story around a campfire, Wes Anderson’s latest film is no exception to that reputation. While I found the film to be …

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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 …

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Pop Culture References Crowd a Basic Sci-Fi Adventure in ‘Ready Player One’

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

(2018—Director: Steven Spielberg) —by Renard N. Bansale — Low ★★★1/2 (out of 5 stars) “A real Gunter would risk everything to save the Oasis from I.O.I.” “Who said that?” “Me.” — Samantha “Art3mis” Cook (Olivia Cooke) and Wade “Parzival” Watts (Tye Sheridan) Potential spoilers below Between late 1992 and 1993, two vastly different film projects stretched the creative limits of director …

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On ‘The Breakfast Club’ and Youthful Restlessness

In Classic Film Throwback Series, Featured, Reviews by Sam Hendrian

This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – “When you grow up, your heart dies.” So goes the haunting statement made by high schooler Allison Reynolds (Ally Sheedy) to her fellow detention inmates towards the end of John Hughes’s popular film The Breakfast Club (1985). While such a bold statement may seem unfairly cynical, …

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Trauma Begets Trauma: A Review of ‘Jessica Jones’ Season 2

In Carly Twehous, Featured, Reviews, TV Reviews by Impact Admin

– By Carly Twehous – Spoilers below for Seasons 1 and 2 In the wake of the general disaster that was Marvel’s Defenders—a knock-off Avengers attempt that even the DCEU can out-perform—Marvel’s Netflix heroes were left to the wolves, to prove that they could, at the very least, still hold their own. Jessica Jones, after that fan-favorite, girl-power first season, …

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Netflix’s ‘Wild Wild Country’: A Fascinating Piece of American History

In Featured, TV Reviews, Tyler Carlos by Amanda Valdovinos

– By Tyler Carlos – Spoilers Below Growing up, we all study American history at some point during our education. We learn about things like George Washington, the Boston Tea Party, and World War II. But throughout history, there are also those events that seem to shake the very foundation of what this country is all about, and somehow, we …

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Steven Spielberg’s ‘Ready Player One’ + 80’s Nostalgia Marketing

In Featured, Industry Insights, Katherine Sanderson by Amanda Valdovinos

– By Katherine Sanderson – It’s no secret that there has been a resurgence of 80’s pop culture in recent years, with tv shows such as Netflix’s Stranger Things and GLOW, and the horror film IT. There have also been less successful attempts, such as last year’s all-female Ghostbusters remake and ABC’s tv movie remake of Dirty Dancing, to name a …

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Claire Foy Holds Together a Faulty Soderbergh Experiment in ‘Unsane’

In Featured, Movie Reviews, Renard Bansale, Reviews by Amanda Valdovinos

(2018—Director: Steven Soderbergh) —by Renard N. Bansale — ★★1/2 (out of 5 stars) “There’s some more forms you need to fill out; it’s just routine.” — Highland Creek Counselor (Myra Lucretia Taylor) to Sawyer Valentini (Claire Foy)  Potential spoilers below August 2017’s Logan Lucky marked the return of Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Soderbergh after a four-year hiatus. At first it underwhelmed that …

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iPhone Filmmaking: Fad, or the Future?

In Featured, Industry Insights, Joe Campbell by Amanda Valdovinos

– By Joe Campbell – There’s no denying that the iPhone filmmaking movement is growing. With a quick Google search, you can find an abundance of short films shot on smartphones; within the past eight years there have been at least five full length features filmed this way. More companies are selling lenses and shoulder mounts designed to accommodate iPhone …