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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 …

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On ‘Vertigo’ and Twisted Love

In Classic Film Throwback Series, Reviews by Sam Hendrian

This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – Captivating performances. Entrancing cinematography. Hauntingly seductive and beautiful music. Compelling and relevant themes. Masterful direction. These are just some of the many characteristics that make Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo one of the greatest movies ever made. Released in 1958, it was not initially hailed as a masterpiece …

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Renard’s Top 10 Scenes of 2017 in Cinema

In Movie Reviews, Renard Bansale, Reviews by Impact Admin

— by Renard N. Bansale — Definite spoilers below One of my go-to film websites is the B+ Movie Blog, and he has an annual tradition I greatly appreciate: On the Saturday before the annual Academy Awards, he writes articles on his five favorite moments in each Best Picture nominee. I love that tradition because it cuts through all the awards …

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Empowerment Across Light Years in ‘A Wrinkle in Time’

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

(2018—Director: Ava DuVernay) — by Renard N. Bansale — High ★★ (out of 5 stars) “You just have to find the right frequency, and have faith in who you are.” — Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey) to Meg Murry (Storm Reid) Potential spoilers below For the past decade or so, director Ava DuVernay has honed her craft on documentaries and independent …

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‘Altered Carbon’ or Carbon Copy?

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– By Carly Twehous – As far as the ever-increasing number of disastrous Netflix originals go, Altered Carbon is… not the worst, but, it’s no Daredevil or Stranger Things, either. Here’s the elevator pitch: a ten-episode retelling of Blade Runner, but in San Francisco. Let me explain. Three-hundred years in the future, resurrection and immortality are completely up for bid… …

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‘Dark’: Carbon Copy Storytelling

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– By Carly Twehous – Editor’s Note: S1 E1 spoilers below Many a review and many a Netflix matching algorithm has said it: If you loved Stranger Things, you will at least moderately enjoy Dark, a German language, Netflix sci-fi/horror original production. Whereas Stranger Things is thrilling in a nostalgic, 80’s-conspiracy-thriller sort of way and sprinkled with a whole bunch of …

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On ‘American Graffiti’ and Having the Courage to Leave Our Comfort Zones

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

This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – Spoilers Below Before there was Luke Skywalker, there was Curt Henderson. Ring a bell? Probably not. He is the ordinary but immensely relatable young man at the heart of American Graffiti, George Lucas’s first hit film that came out four years before Star Wars. A fun, …

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Chaos & Creation on an Ecological Level in ‘Annihilation’

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

(2018—Director: Alex Garland) — by Renard N. Bansale — ★★★★ (out of 5 stars) “Almost none of us commit suicide, and almost all of us self-destruct.” — Dr. Ventress (Jennifer Jason Leigh) to Lena (Natalie Portman) Potential spoilers below Few writers have demonstrated versatility with regards to artistic medium like Alex Garland. The English writer had three novels and five …

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On ‘Casablanca,’ True Love, and the Importance of Memories

In Classic Film Throwback Series, Reviews by Sam Hendrian

This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – “We’ll always have Paris.” So goes one of the many famous quotes from Michael Curtiz’s Casablanca, a Best Picture-winning wartime romance film that is hailed by some as the greatest Hollywood movie ever made. Released in 1942 as World War II raged across the globe, it …