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Blink of an Eye: How Christopher Nolan Shot ‘The Dark Knight’s Pencil Scene

And what it says about The Joker below the surface. If there’s one element that singly distinguishes Christopher Nolan’s Batman films from Tim Burton’s or Joel Schumacher’s, it’s the violence. Not only is the violence of Nolan’s trilogy the most brutal and extreme of the franchise, and not only is that violence rooted more firmly in […]

Blink of an Eye: How Christopher Nolan Shot ‘The Dark Knight’s Pencil Scene

And what it says about The Joker below the surface. If there’s one element that singly distinguishes Christopher Nolan’s Batman films from Tim Burton’s or Joel Schumacher’s, it’s the violence. Not only is the violence of Nolan’s trilogy the most brutal and extreme of the franchise, and not only is that violence rooted more firmly in […]

Review — ‘Rock Dog’ Is A Bad Bootleg, Save For Eddie Izzard

A musician dog with kung fu powers manages to be boring. Let’s start talking about Rock Dog by talking about its impossible-to-ignore predecessor, Kung Fu Panda 3. That sequel was the first major feature-length American-Chinese animated co-production. Rock Dog, based on the graphic novel “Tibetan Rock Dog” by Chinese rock star Zheng Jun, is a Chinese-American […]

An Interview With Karyn Kusama, Director of The Invitation, XX, and Girlfight

Karyn Kusama. Alright, y’all. Right out of the gate, you need to understand that The Invitation is one of my no foolin’ favorite films. I can’t even pretend to be cool about it. I’m like Nick Frost’s Danny Butterman in Hot Fuzz talking about Point Break. Is the invitation to this dinner party a set-up […]

‘The Walking Dead’ Finally Finds Its Feet Again

And it’s at its best without Negan. The first half of season seven’s The Walking Dead was full of violence for the sake of violence. While Glenn’s (Steven Yeun) death stayed loyal to Robert Kirkman’s comics which the show is adapted from, the outright violence seen in the illustrations of Charlie Adlard and Cliff Rathburn has […]

2017 Oscar Predictions

Best Picture Tomris Laffly: Ah yes. Best Picture. It’s La La Land. And turns out, it’s been La La Land since Venice and Telluride. Currently, I can’t see any reason why its stars should shine any less brightly on Oscar night after 14 record-tying nominations. Sure, several less than favorable takes have been thrown at […]

The Essential Animation Charms of ‘My Life as a Zucchini’ and ‘The Red Turtle’

Why you need to see the other two Oscar nominees. If you have young children and aren’t a professional movie viewer, chances are you’re only well-acquainted with this year’s Oscar nominees for Best Animated Feature. And even then, you’ve probably still only seen three of the contenders, the two Disney productions, Zootopia and Moana, and […]

David Fincher and the Art of Crafting Music Videos

How Madonna and Aerosmith helped create the director’s signature aesthetic. Like Athena, Greek goddess of intelligence and wisdom, was born fully-grown, so too was David Fincher introduced to the world as a completely realized director. Even though Alien 3 wasn’t the best debut — which wasn’t Fincher’s fault, it’s owed to studio bullshit — the industry and audiences alike […]

A Ton of Americans Can’t Name One Best Picture Nominee. How Many Do You Know?

Plus: the passing of Seijun Suzuki, MST3K returns, and the FSR story roundup. We know this doesn’t pertain to you guys, but thought we’d share it anyway for a laugh, or to shake your head at disappointedly. In a recent survey undertaken by National Research Group at the behest of The Hollywood Reporter, Americans were polled […]

A Scientist Walks into a Movie

But what about fictional portrayals of real scientists? The semi-mythical well-rounded scientist character would seem most likely to come to fruition when dealing with fictional portrayals of real people, but film history has demonstrated that that’s mostly just a nice idea. The mini scientist-hero bio-pic boom of the 1930s and 40s gave us more scientist […]