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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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‘Christopher Robin’: An Adorable Little “Expotition”

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

(2018—Director: Marc Forster) — by Renard N. Bansale — High ★★★ (out of 5 stars)  “People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.” — Winnie the Pooh (voiced by Jim Cummings) to Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor) Potential spoilers below “Gotta get up / I gotta get goin’ / I’m gonna see a friend of mine…” I first …

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Tom Cruise is Unstoppable in ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’

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

(2018—Director: Christopher McQuarrie)  — by Renard N. Bansale — Low ★★★★ (out of 5 stars)  “There has never been peace without first a great suffering. The greater the suffering, the greater the peace.” — Opening to “The Apostles’ Manifesto”, composed by John Lark (?????) Potential spoilers below (and just above) Writer-director Christopher McQuarrie has uninstalled the revolving door of directors …

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Young Teens & Bright Screens Flock Awkwardly in ‘Eighth Grade’

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

(2018—Director: Bo Burnham) — by Renard N. Bansale — Low ★★★★ (4 out of 5 stars)  “You can’t be brave without being scared.” — Kayla Day (Elsie Fisher), from her YouTube video “How to Be Confident” Potential spoilers below Hey, guys! It’s Renard, back with another review. Um… “Oh my gosh, look at that fluffy unicorn! He’s so fluffy I’m …

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‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ and the Future of Stunts

In Featured, Industry Insights, Katherine Sanderson by Amanda Valdovinos

– By Katherine Sanderson – With the popularity of genres such as superhero and sci-fi fantasy, along with classic actions films, stunt work is a crucial element to Hollywood blockbusters. A stunt performer/ stunt artist (stuntman or stuntwoman) is a trained professional who performs stunts, often as a career. Many big stars have specific stunt artists who resemble themselves, who are …

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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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How Major Studios Are Competing with Established Streaming Services

In Featured, Industry Insights, Katherine Sanderson by Amanda Valdovinos

– By Katherine Sanderson – Netflix redefined how audiences consume content, and most importantly, how they receive it. Gone are the days where consumers would sit through commercials. It’s clear that cable and broadcast TV is on its way out and streaming sites are here to stay, and major studios are beginning to adapt. Instead of continuing to license their shows …

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On ‘The Dark Knight’ and the Tactics of Satan

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

This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – Evil is not always depicted accurately in art, especially in works intended to entertain the masses. Bumbling, relatively un-scary villains are all too common in films, and corruption is often startlingly portrayed as lighthearted and humorous rather than a serious threat to the goodness in Man’s …