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Striking Out with ‘Striking Vipers’; What ‘Black Mirror’ Gets Wrong About Relationships

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– By Joe Campbell – Spoilers below for the Black Mirror episode ‘Striking Vipers’. Black Mirror has been heralded as the new Twilight Zone, so much so that when CBS debuted a modern version of The Twilight Zone, many people wondered what the point was in a world where Black Mirror already existed.  Created by British …

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In Between the Panels: A Look At Subversive Superhero Movies

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– By Joe Campbell – Spoilers below for “Super”, “Chronicle”, and “Unbreakable” Halfway through the 2010 vigilante movie Super, our two anti-hero Frank and his younger sidekick Libby pause between rounds of dealing out violent justice to petty criminals.  Libby, inspired by her favorite heroes in comic books, is new to the vigilante gig and …

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

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– 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 …

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

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– 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 …

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

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– 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 …