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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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Tribeca: What We’ll Be Watching

This Thursday, the HFI interns will be jumping into the buzzing world of Tribeca as it wraps up. Below is a laundry list of the films and talks we’ll be checking out. Broken Circle Breakdown Flemish director Felix van Groeningen weaves together and ultimately fuses the highs and lows of one tragic romance in a timeless tale of star-crossed lovers. Winner of the Audience Award at 2013’s Berlin…

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Revisiting the Exorcist, One of The Scariest Movies of All Time

Although released in 1973, The Exorcist is still one of the most chilling horror films of the century. The Exorcist’s emphasis on blasphemy towards God and the theme of loss of faith is inherently disturbing. In the film, Satan takes the form of Regan, a young innocent girl. When Satan possesses Regan’s body her face begins to mesh with the demonic being and she acquires inhumane qualities that scare…

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Sex, Drugs, Disco

A classic hit falls short. John Travolta certainly made a name for himself with his role as Tony Manero, a conflicted young man from Brooklyn, New York, struggling through a coming of age point in his life in the 1977 film, Saturday Night Fever. With a hit soundtrack assisting the somewhat hopeless escape and phase of existence of these characters, Brooklyn serves as the perfect backdrop. Director,…

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Colorization is a Disservice

Classic black and white films have since been colorized due to the innovative digital technology of this time period. Masterpieces such as Casablanca, It’s a Wonderful Life, and Night of the Living Dead have all been remade to incorporate flesh tones and vibrant colors to appeal to a wider audience. Colorization presents a vital ethical dilemma to filmmakers and audiences alike. The directors of these…

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Storytelling in its Purest Form

Forget the flashy special effects. Brush off the elaborate costumes. Disregard the dramatic acting. What really makes a movie shine is the story it portrays. Really, the success of any creative work of art hinges on its ability to generate and convey a compelling story. Without a good plot, your project is doomed from the beginning. One particularly helpful presentation on storytelling comes from…

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3-D Re-Releases, Here for the Long Haul?

The last few years of cinema have welcomed the growing trend of movie studios re-releasing films for the pleasure of three-dimensional viewing.  This trend has been met with both excitement and apprehension.  While some viewers are not particularly attune to the thrills of 3-D imaging, the chance to see an all-time favorite on the big-screen again is an opportunity some find difficult to pass up.  Why…

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Can We Trust Social Media? Boston Marathon ‘Terror’ Proves We Can’t

After the World Trade Center attacks in 2001, Twitter did not exist yet and there was no instant media coverage that people could directly access, which at the time was seen as disadvantageous. Seconds after the Boston marathon terrorist attack several social media websites were flooded with statements about the atrocity; some information true, some information false, some information fell somewhere…

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George Lucas Comments on the Progression of Digital Technology

At the 2012 Global Conference in LA, George Lucas discussed his recent film Red Tails, which illustrates the adversity African Americans faced during WWII. Red Tails is an inspirational tale that showcases how African Americans overcame incredulous obstacles and ended up becoming some of the most successful pilots during WWII. George Lucas had been persistently working on this project 23 years and…

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Remembering Roger Ebert

While it may seem that contemporary icons float effortlessly to the apogee of their field, people rarely pay attention to their often banal backstories. Roger Ebert, the revered film critic who passed away on April 4, wasn’t born into greatness. He was a regular guy from the middle of Illinois whose greatest literary influence was Mad magazine. “Mad's parodies made me aware of the machine inside the…

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