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Knives Out: A Sharp and Fun Murder Mystery that Cinema Needed

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Bull in a China Shop: The Fragile Masculinity of Jake LaMotta

Martin Scorcese’s Raging Bull (1980) opens with Jake LaMotta (Robert De Niro) at the height of his boxing career—agile, practically unbeatable and alone in the ring. The audience is then shown an older, less physically fit LaMotta in a...

Wounds; thoughts

The loss of identity and privacy are truly scary concepts and horror films are finally taking a hold of it, reflecting our real fears. Unfortunately for Wounds, Armie Hammer getting spooked by a lost phone isn’t one.

The Farewell (2019): An Exploration of Conflict Through a True Lie

Within the past couple of years, the American film industry has become more aware of its influence on today’s politics, especially when it comes to minority representation. From the Oscar-winning “Black Panther” to the box office hit “Crazy Rich...

Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men; thoughts

Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men; thoughts Written by Samuel Alexander TRAILER GO BACK Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men Directed by Sacha Jenkins Released May 10th, 2019 The Wu-Tang Clan was instrumental in the evolution of hip-hop music as we know it today. 25 years after their fantastic...

From Bombay Beach, With Love

In my senior year of college, I felt wildly untethered by the ambiguous path ahead of my graduation. I knew this to be a common experience of most of my peers as well as plenty of students who graduated...

‘Shirkers’ is a Blueprint for Filmmakers

Shirkers is a one-of-a-kind documentary from novelist (“The Black Isle”) and filmmaker (“Gourmet Baby” and “Moveable Feast”) Sandi Tan. During the 96 minute runtime, Tan revisits painful memories and sets out to find answers about the disappearance of Singapore’s...

The Importance of Companionship in Little Women

As someone who has not read the literary classic, Little Women, I was a bit nervous walking into my screening of Greta Gerwig's 2019 adaption. 2 and a half hours later I walked out of the theatre realizing I'd...

Rape and Revenge Films: Feminism or Fetishization?

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‘Shirkers’ is a Blueprint for Filmmakers

Shirkers is a one-of-a-kind documentary from novelist (“The Black Isle”) and filmmaker (“Gourmet Baby” and “Moveable Feast”) Sandi Tan. During the 96 minute runtime,...

The Final Girl: Who Is She and What Does It Mean?

The Final Girl is one of the most recognizable tropes in the horror genre, especially in the revolutionary subgenre, the slasher film. Not only...

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Why The Last Black Man In San Francisco Feels Like Home

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What Blade Runner got right about 2019

Reality finally caught up to the futuristic world of 2019 presented in Blade Runner, more than 30 years ago. The film showed...

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Pride Month for any cinephile translates to immediately binge-watching any LGBT movies that are within reach. While it’s easy to focus solely...

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Todd Haynes’ Superstar: A Case for the Queer Music Biopic

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