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You Can’t Find Yourself By Yourself: Reflections on a Decade of Bon Iver

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– By James Powers – The winter of 2006 found young Wisconsinite Justin Vernon in a decidedly bad mood. His longtime band had fizzled out after a failed attempt to put down roots in Raleigh. He was recovering from a particularly painful breakup. He’d blown a bunch of money on online poker. And on top of everything, he had come …

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Lions and Hedgehogs and Cats, Oh Yikes!

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– By James Powers – It’s been a few weeks, so by now most of us have probably forgotten about the profound weirdness of Universal’s trailer for its upcoming big-screen treatment of Cats. But I haven’t forgotten. No, I refuse to forget; in fact, I’ve been thinking about it this whole time. There’s more to unpack within this collective cultural trauma …

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Catholic Filmmakers, LGBT Representation, and Bridging the Cultural Rift

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– By James Powers – This weekend sees the conclusion of what is probably one of the largest niche film festivals in the nation. LA’s Outfest, which began last Thursday and continues through Sunday, showcases a panoply of films made by and about people across the LGBT spectrum, attracts around 40,000 attendees each year, and is apparently the oldest film …

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A24’s Secret Sauce for Film Marketing

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– By James Powers – Back when Avengers: Endgame came out, I published a long rant about how movies like it – massive “event” films with astronomical budgets and correspondingly astronomical audiences – have essentially become the new business model for wide-release theatrical features. In this day and age, a theatrical film that hopes to be profitable needs a marketing …

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Fate and Free Will in Netflix’s ‘Dark’

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– By James Powers – Editor’s Note: Potential Spoilers Below for Season 1 of ‘Dark’ Most of us have probably had the freaky experience, in some high school world lit class, of reading Sophocles’ play Oedipus Rex. In case you don’t remember, that’s the one in which the doomed protagonist tries and fails to avoid the unsavory destiny pronounced for …

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Can The Shining’s Sequel Build a Bridge Between King and Kubrick?

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– By James Powers – Writer-director Mike Flanagan made a big name for himself earlier this year with his Netflix series The Haunting of Hill House – an ornate, disturbing and poignant ghost story that, while not without its issues, tapped part of the horror genre’s potential in a way I’ve not really seen before. What set that show apart, …

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So, What’s the Deal with Keanu Reeves?

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– By James Powers – It’s finals week here at JPCatholic, and that means yours truly is doing a fluff piece. To start, here’s a little bit of wholesome memery to lighten up your Thursday: I stumbled upon this the other day, and it got me thinking – what is it about Keanu Reeves that has apparently captured our hearts? …