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Daily Archives: January 13, 2017

Love it or hate it, Star Wars: The Force Awakens was something of a boon for the Star Wars franchise. It served somewhat as a “soft reboot”– maintaining the universe of the prior six films but introducing new characters, new stories, and a jumping-off point for the franchise proper to be revitalized, both in the industry and with fans. While… Read more »

13 January 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Unlike the 90s, when movies were driven by good scripts and talented directors, the 2000s saw a shift by studios to movies that could produce large profits and multiple sequels, and in turn, drive profits in merchandising. CGI came into its own, turning many movies into nothing more than cartoons with a few live actors put in for good measure…. Read more »

13 January 2017 | Features, Film Lists

2016 had more than its share of blockbuster releases, from Marvel and DC superheroes smacking each other around to Star Wars space operatics unfolding with seemingly limitless budgets and big name stars. And while such large studio fare gets most of the attention when it comes to audiences plaudits, lots of foreign-language films are largely ignored, as are indie-derived pictures,… Read more »

13 January 2017 | Features, Film Lists

There are many contenders for the best film to come out of the world’s most stylish nation. A case could be made for the slice-of-life Bicycle Thieves, the depiction of a couple on the edge of a nervous breakdown Journey To Italy, the ever-present paranoia of The Conformist, or the mystery without end L’Aventura. These are all masterpieces, conceived by… Read more »

13 January 2017 | Features, Other Lists