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Google Takes Steps to Legitimize YouTube

Last week Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google, declared that the Internet has already replaced television. Online streaming has become exponentially popular in the past few years, which is why Google plans to take the online video distribution platform by storm. According to The Financial Times, YouTube is rumored to release a subscription-based service as early as this week. Fifty channels…

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Numba One: Bringing Comedy and the Mafia Together

Michael Attardi’s new film toes the line between humor and violence. Award-winning director Michael Attardi is a stickler for timing in comedy. In a genre whose success relies on perfect delivery, it’s vital that the jokes are delivered with that in mind - even when that film is about the mafia and murder. It’s maintaining this balance between comedic gags and mob violence that Attardi brings to…

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Top Five Films to Watch Before the End of the World

When an economic depression swept across America in 2008, the entertainment industry reacted to it as severely as the stock market did. Strong motifs of superheroes, alternative universes, and apathy began to saturate films and theaters across the country. Recently though, as America begins to clamber back to its feet, the apathy is beginning to fade and the superheroes are becoming subject to intense…

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Will the “Veronica Mars” Effect Take Over Hollywood?

Some people are calling it the “Veronica Mars” effect. The wildly successful Kickstarter project for a Veronica Mars movie (which met its $2 million goal in less that 11 hours, eventually raising nearly $6 million by the end of the donation period) sent a reverberating shock amongst the film industry, whose traditional method of funding films comes almost exclusively from studio deals. And now, other…

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Life Isn’t Generous: The Broken Circle Breakdown Review

A film’s success can be determined by how much power it has over a viewer’s emotions. If it brings out his or her laughter at one point, only to expertly reduce the viewer to tears five minutes later, then it warrants serious accolades. Flemish Director Felix Van Groeningen has created such a film with The Broken Circle Breakdown, a sweeping drama about a Flemish couple finding their love and faith…

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Two Horror Films In One Night: Let’s go

At the Tribeca Film Festival on Friday, April 26th, I was treated to two genres of horror movie: a collaborative found footage film and a satiric gore-fest. The former, V/H/S/2, was the sequel to a moderately well received movie of the same archetype, and the latter, Fresh Meat, was a sociopolitical commentary hailing from New Zealand. Here’s a glimpse at both, along with some insight from Erin, who…

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Boo Cancer, You Suck!

Many films about cancer focus on the first stages of the disease and processing the difficult journey ahead, but few have tackled perhaps the more unknown segment: what do you do when you’ve beaten cancer? First-time director Matt Creed tries to answer this question with his film Lily, which finished its run at Tribeca Friday night. Loosely based on the life of Amy Grantham, who also co-wrote the screenplay…

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The Tribeca Film Festival: The Future of Film and Criticism

“I don’t know if we’re living in the age of the critic. It’s more the age of criticism,” film critic A.O. Scott argued at the Future of Film Live Series:  The Death of Film at the Tribeca Film Festival. Everyone seems to think they’re a critic on social media. As soon as a movie is released everyone is posting about it as if their opinion is the most relevant in the industry. Although misinformed critics…

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Just Tell Me the Story: A Talk With Clint Eastwood

“Directing is having your hands on everything,” says Clint Eastwood, tipping back casually in his chair. Darren Aronofsky nods in agreement, and every aspiring filmmaker in the immense auditorium furiously takes notes. For two hours, Eastwood, an indisputable cinematic legend, captivated his audience of 1,000 people with tales of his unique approach to directing, composing music for, and taking…

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Gangsters of Copenhagen

“The truth is more important than being original,” says Northwest screenwriter Rasmus Heisterberg. This search for honest reality becomes the driving force behind Northwest, directed by Michael Noer, which premiered Thursday, April 25th at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film follows the story of Casper, a young man entrenched in the world of organized crime trying to support his mother, brother and…

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