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You Look Like: The Three Words Slowly Defining a Movie Culture

Bets you will never see at a Vegas Sportsbook for lack of house odds: ‘Michael Sam verbally bullied before Week 12’, ‘Shia LaBeouf crashes Oscars drunk with anti-celebrity manifesto’, and ‘New Seth Rogen vehicle to include insult humor beginning with ‘You look like ____’. (Close cousins rarely seen today would be ‘Celebrity X called, he/she […]

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An Alternate Perspective On Sexism and Racism In Movies

93 percent. If you are even tangentially related to the film industry, you hear that number and think ‘the percent of Major Oscars which haven’t gone to minorities or women’. When a fact as glaring as that exists, it’s all hands on deck to try and rectify the environment of filmmaking. But, I believe, the […]

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Short Film Review: The Last Farm

For context, here is the movie in its entirety: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oh7sQ4hPnyk The Last Farm explores many themes – such as dignity, vanity, pride, and self-worth – while saying very few words at all. The film’s focus on Hrafn, an old man who has recently lost his wife but refuses to tell anyone, powerfully demonstrates that how we […]

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The 5 Strangest Uses of Shakespeare in Pop Culture

As you may have guessed from the title, this was originally going to be an article for Cracked. However, their process for new submissions resembles a Mesozoic tar pit crossed with the bureaucracy of a DMV in Detroit. To their credit, a lot of those dinosaurs probably had it coming, licenses are issued, and daily […]

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Choose Your Own Adventure: Taken 2

Taken 2 took it in the teeth with the critics, but for all the wrong reasons. None of the critics seemed to mention just what a horrible father Liam Neeson portrayed in this movie. About halfway through the film, I wondered why they didn’t call it Taken Away By Social Services. The best way to […]

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Cinematic Style Comparison: Apocalypse Now and Dr. Strangelove

(TL;DR;YBW) Aside from having a mentally insane director at the helm of both movies, Apocalypse Now and Dr. Strangelove are radically different movies; this is achieved by each movie’s aesthetic style. While neither film is particularly steeped in realism, they both feel real to the war experience because of the way their characters are treated. […]

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Pleasure in Apocalypse Now

Set in the middle of the Vietnam war, the plot of Apocalypse Now is disrupted by random and surreal pleasures for the soldiers and for the leaders of the troops. What does this mean? How does it contribute to our understanding of the traditional soldier? Surfing One of the first instances of pleasure that we […]

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The Intentional Errors of Inglourious Basterds

Quentin Tarantino is a maddening director. His cinephilia is more well-documented than his movies themselves, and if you haven’t read about his humble movie store origins, you need only to watch his allusion-packed movies to love him or hate him.  His movie obsession, which comprises most of his movies anyway, does bring a potential problem: […]

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In Defense of Jar Jar Binks

If you’re a Star Wars fan like I am, your respect for the franchise ended about nine minutes into Episode I when the Separatist tanks failed to steamroll right over the flappy-eared insult to Jamaica known as Jar Jar Binks. Salt continued to pour into the wound when Qui-Gon Jin and Obi Wan had the […]

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Chris O'Toole (Colorado State '12) is pursuing a Screenwriting MFA at Chapman University. He has worked for Livestrong, CBS, Examiner and other publications. Love, hate, and job offers can be sent to: chris@o2lsports.com