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The Lie of the Digital Paradise in ‘Westworld’ and ‘Black Mirror’

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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The Problem With Video Game Adaptations

In Featured, Industry Insights, Joe Campbell by Amanda Valdovinos

– By Joe Campbell – I have a confession: I love the Resident Evil movies.  Yes, I’m talking about the campy action/horror series starring Milla Jovovich and directed by Paul W.S. Anderson.  They’re examples of mindless schlock catering to that childish part of my brain that just wants to see hordes of zombies mowed down by a chick wielding handguns …

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Troubled Productions: Are More Projects Experiencing Hiccups Than Ever Before?

In Featured, Industry Insights, Joe Campbell by Amanda Valdovinos

– By Joe Campbell – On June 20th, 2017, five months into shooting Solo: A Star Wars Story and mere weeks away from wrapping production, Lucasfilm replaced Phil Lord and Chris Miller as directors on the project and hired acclaimed director Ron Howard to reshoot the majority of the movie.  This isn’t the only time in recent history when a …

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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 …

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Style as Substance: The Beauty of Simplistic Storytelling in ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

In Featured, Joe Campbell, Movie Reviews, Reviews by Amanda Valdovinos

– By Joe Campbell – The following article discusses specific plot points from the movie Mad Max: Fury Road, and thus contains spoilers. In the few years since George Miller’s return to the Mad Max franchise, Mad Max: Fury Road has been revered as a modern classic of sorts.  The film was lauded by critics on its release and was …