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Knives Out: Rethinking The Classic Whodunnit

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– By Joe Campbell – [Editor’s Note: This review is free of any major spoilers] It’s almost impossible to surprise the audience with a murder mystery these days. What do you do when every conceivable angle has been covered? What if the murderer is the obvious suspect? Maybe it’s the unsuspecting hero? Maybe everybody is in on it. Maybe nobody …

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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 maximum chills, too many horror …

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Disney’s Retroactive Editing

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– By Joe Campbell – When Toy Story 2 was re-released on blu-ray this year, fans were quick to notice something was missing.  During the end credits a blooper reel full of character “outtake” plays, often having Woody, Buzz, and the gang break character as on-set shenanigans ensue.  The blooper reel was still there, but one bit involving elderly prospector …

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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 loving, but it’s hardly the …

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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 writer Charlie Brooker and named …

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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 bemoans the long spaces in …

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From Jackie Chan to John Wick: How to Shoot Action

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– By Joe Campbell – If there’s one man who knows how to make action look good, it’s Jackie Chan. Over the past 40 years, Jackie has perfected the art of shooting action from martial arts fights to car chases to explosions.  He got his start in Chinese Opera, an art that demands rigorous training, marrying acrobatic skill with visual …

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Everything You Need to Know About the MCU Before ‘Avengers: Endgame’

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– By Joe Campbell – The following contains spoilers for the movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With 22 movies, eleven years, and dozens of heroes, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) may seem like a daunting task to anyone wanting to dip their toes into the massive superhero saga today.  But with Avengers: Endgame bringing all these intersecting threads, characters, …

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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 become famous for injecting his …