The Failed Adaptations of “Ghost in the Shell” & “Death Note”

Hollywood has a long history of taking foreign movies, TV shows, and literature and adapting them for a more American context. Sometimes the movies are outright remakes (The Ring, The Departed, Let Me In) or they are reinterpretations of the original material (both American Godzilla movies). The act of adapting non-American material is often fraught with danger as …

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Most Anticipated Fall 2017 Movies

With the last week of summer almost upon us, it's time to celebrate the end of Hollywood's silly season and embrace Fall. it's the time of year when Hollywood roles out it's big prestige pictures, would-be awards contenders, and, as we get closer to Christmas,  fun-for-the-whole-family movies. This year promises to be no different as …

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Franchise Ruminations: The Matrix Trilogy as Misunderstood Masterpiece

It is hard to overstate just how big a deal The Matrix was when it first came out. The sci-fi action thriller seemed to perfectly combine heady philosophical concepts with kick-ass action. It's dystopic world was at once wonderfully alien and also shockingly not so far from ours. It felt completely relevant to reality at the end …

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Big Screen Double-Header: Baby Driver & Logan Lucky

It's no secret that ever since I've gotten a child my opportunities to watch movies has decreased significantly. Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't trade parenthood for the world, but the fact is my childless days afforded me many chances to check out movies on the big screen. However a side-benefit of having a child …

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Barton Fink

The story starts out simple and conventional enough. We meet the titular character (John Turturro) in the moment of his breakthrough triumph as he opens a successful proletariat play in New York and is summoned to Hollywood for a quick cash-grab on his presumptive journey to crafting a new and better theatre "for the common …

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