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13 Films You May Have Overlooked In 2013

People love to predict the end of Hollywood due to bloated budgets and poor quality films. Yet, every year lots of good films get released to both critical praise and public success. Many other films, however, go overlooked by audiences. Yes, some of the films listed below were actually released in 2012 overseas, but I’m a US moviegoer, so forgive ... Read More »

Ten Films You May Have Overlooked In 2012

The Golden Globes are airing while I type this (though on no TV of mine), and the Academy Awards are coming up in a few short weeks. Given that, I thought I would take some time to highlight a few films you may have overlooked in 2012. These are, for the most part, not big Hollywood films. However, many are ... Read More »

Netflix, Hulu, and the problem of ultimate choice

About a year ago my wife and I cancelled our cable television. I won’t go into details, but the cable company had been no end of problems for us, so we left. It was a decision we made nervously. We were part of the first generation raised on cable television. We could both remember a time when our parents only ... Read More »

The not so pure history of film

For the last few weeks I’ve been working on prepping the Introduction to Film course I’ll teach in the fall. The class has a lab during which we have enough time to screen full length films. That means I have to pick which films to show, and that can be harder than it sounds. When dealing with a young audience, ... Read More »

Ten best things of 2009

Compiling a list of the ten best of anything is always a bit of a leap in the dark. For example, list the ten best golfers in the world today and do you include Tiger Woods? Two months ago that was a no-brainer, but in the middle of his self-imposed break is he still as competitive as ten of the ... Read More »

When not mashing, what do monsters do

During the recent Halloween holiday I watched the documentary His Name Was Jason. It’s basically a look back at the thirty year history of the Friday the 13th film franchise. While entertaining, my mind ended up mostly debating, what does Jason do with all of his free time? Watch any of the films and you’ll notice that Jason does very ... Read More »