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For Goodness’ Sake: The Power of Light over Darkness in ‘The Conjuring’ Universe

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– By Joe Campbell – Spoilers below for: The Conjuring (2013), The Nun (2018), Annabelle Comes Home (2019). Horror movies have a problem: they’re horrific. Oh I know that comes with the territory, but the problem with the genre isn’t so much what it’s about as how it’s about it.  In trying to wring out …

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Seeing the World in Black and White: What’s the Appeal of Decolorizing Movies?

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– By Joe Campbell – When CBS released their reboot of Twilight Zone this year, they surprised everyone by releasing a black and white version of each episode side-by-side with the original “color” versions.  This was a publicity stunt meant to bring audiences back to the memory of the original ‘60s show they grew up …

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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 …