By Andrew Harwood Since its very conception, cinema has been a universal medium. And contrary to popular belief, cinema has a major presence in other countries aside from the United States. Shocking, I know, right? As a result of the abundance of international films, there are hundreds of features that unfortunately go unseen by the […]

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By Liam Grogan Another awards season has come and gone, leaving us moviegoers suffering in the aftermath. As we begin to discuss the biggest snubs of the night, this is usually the time where anger reaches peak level.  I went into Oscar Sunday fully expecting to write this piece feeling downright furious, but instead, something […]

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By Andrew Harwood People love stories. More specifically, people love stories about other people.  Films have been telling stories about fictitious characters since the dawn of cinema itself. The flip side of those are the non-fiction works that tell the story of famous, important historical figures.  These films are biopics. The biopic, or “biographical film,” […]

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By Liam Grogan There are few filmmakers who can boast as many noteworthy films as Christopher Nolan.  Plunged into the spotlight through his groundbreaking “The Dark Knight” trilogy, Nolan is known for his complex plots and thrilling, over-the-top visual and action sequences. Every fan will claim a different Nolan movie as their favorite, but there’s […]

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By Andrew Harwood At its simplest, film is a form of visual art. Yet at its most definitive, film is an expansive production.  Focusing on the actual production of film is important to understand how it exactly comes together. It isn’t all fun and games, dreams to picture, nor that “it means no worries.” A […]

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By Liam Grogan It’s Academy Awards season, and you know what that means: people are confused, upset and angry. And when I say “people,” of course, I am referring to myself.  I went through many stages while reading the 2020 nominations. It began with confusion (How is “Ford v Ferrari” even on here?), then disgust […]

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By Andrew Harwood A new year, the exact same series. Welcome back, cinephiles.  For the most part, this series has focused on the larger genres of film. From comedies to thrillers, mysteries to film noir. So, this week, let’s change that.  Film — more or less — is conveyed through textbook rules. Typically, film is […]

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By Andrew Harwood Who doesn’t love a good mystery? From detective novels like “Sherlock Holmes,” animated shows for kids like “Scooby-Doo,” to the master of suspense himself, Alfred Hitchcock, mystery is one of the most beloved genres in the world.  In cinema, mystery films revolve around a protagonist and their journey to the solution. Suspense […]

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By Andrew Harwood The American west emerged as a beckoning for courageous Americans to drop everything and move to the opposite side of the country. Filled with deserts, great plains, mountains, ridges and more, the American west is a crucial and dominant part of history. In cinema, there exists the “western” film. Western films are […]

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By Andrew Harwood “Crime drama” can be defined as a film the incorporates themes and aspects of drama and crime. Despite the simple definition, “crime drama” is far from just a drama film revolving around criminal activities. Specifically, crime dramas include thrills, suspense and sometimes some dark comedy. In the more modern era, crime dramas […]

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