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The 10 Best Films About Dinosaurs

They’re our first fascination, their images filling our preschool and kindergarten minds with the kind of “what if” worship that only something this scientifically fanciful can produce. As time goes on, we lose our love of these prehistoric placeholders, instead finding our minds manufacturing monsters much more meaningful to our daily lives. Still, dinosaurs are […]

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A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

In Roy Andersson’s A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, the phrase “I’m happy to hear you are doing fine” becomes the one spark of emotion and the mantra uttered by a succession of characters in a dead world – in Leonard Cohen’s lyric, “There is a crack in everything. That’s how the […]

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe Is Evil and Needs to Die

Marvel Studios has, for the past several years, been carrying out one of the most ambitious projects ever attempted in cinema. Under the direction of studio president Kevin Feige, they have been attempting to replicate the interconnectedness of their comics via the “Marvel Cinematic Universe,” or MCU. The original idea was simple, yet brilliant: produce a slew of superhero movies that […]

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Aloha

There are two Cameron Crowes. There’s the Oscar winner (screenplay) for Almost Famous, and the engaging populist behind Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Say Anything, and Jerry Maguire. Then there is the Cameron Crowe of such flimsy, false art as Vanilla Sky, Elizabethtown, and now, sadly, Aloha. Notorious as part of the whole Sony/The Interview […]

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The 10 Best Disaster Films of All Time

Filmmakers love to play “what if?,” from small scale inquiries (“What if a mismatched couple falls in love?”) to large scale questions (“What if aliens invaded the Earth?”). It’s a basic building block for emotion, or in most cases, eye candy. Indeed, the disaster film, based around the idea that out world could be wiped […]

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Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland is too ambitious. It has ideas too big for a standard summer popcorn flick. Give Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof for trying to tackle the world’s problems (and our perceptions of them) in the span of a mere two hour movie. Initially, the concepts coalescence into an exciting sci-fi “what if?” By the time […]

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Slow West

Slow West takes aim at the Western genre with a totally fresh scope while simultaneously capturing a nostalgic majesty that recalls the grand Cinemascope Westerns of the ’50s and ’60s. But its incredible depth of field, stunning composition, and richly saturated color palette take the vistas even further, building a classically picturesque atmosphere that brilliantly […]

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Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max: Fury Road leaves blisters on the cinema screen. This is the kind of action bonanza for which the term “pulse-pounding” was invented, except it doesn’t merely pound the pulse — it rattles the nerves, shocks the senses, dazzles the eyes, and stirs every film geek’s soul. As we enter yet another summer season marked […]