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Is Stanley Kubrick a Bully?

Director Stanley Kubrick is notoriously known for exhausting his actors to the point of insanity. Some of Kubrick’s great works consist of The Shining, Clockwork Orange, Full Metal Jacket, and Eyes Wide Shut.  During pre-production for The Shining, Kubrick interviewed 5,000 boys over six months for the part of the small boy Danny Torrance, illustrating his extensive attention to detail. Kubrick never…

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The Aviator: MADNESS IS GENIUS

The elements that really make The Aviator fly high above those highly sought after puffy clouds include both the compelling screenwriting of this film and the performance of Leonardo DiCaprio who plays the passionate madman, Howard Hughes. The storyline covers about 20 years of the character’s life, with ostentatious and detailed scenery, this fast-paced film makes a wonderful attempt to capture both…

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Five Films to Ring in Spring

After a long and impatient wait, the year’s most anticipated seasonal metamorphosis has arrived: spring. As you begin to shake the pall of winter and gratefully usher in warmer weather, take some time to let these five films help refresh and rejuvenate your mind. With themes that focus on change, redemption and transformation, they will be an invigorating addition to your new spring wardrobe. Eternal…

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The Film Within the Film: A History of Opening Credits

Just as the first sentence of a novel, a movie’s opening credits can make or break a film. In a video short, “The Film Before the Film,” Berlin students Nora Thoes and Damian Pérez show us just exactly how film credits have developed and evolved from Thomas Edison’s first use up to movies as current as 2012’s The Avengers. It’s a fascinating look at how opening credits began humbly, grew complex with…

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Amit Man’s ‘Takes’ app converts still photos into videos

The first ‘moving image’ in the film industry was categorized by flipbooks (also known as ‘thumb cinema’) that were created at the end of the 19th century.  A flipbook is a series of pictures that are intended to be flipped through with your thumb in order to produce the illusion of a moving image.  Amit Man is circling back to the idea of thumb cinema and using mobile app technology to convert still…

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Podcast Spotlight: NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour

For those who crave a weekly dissection of all things pop culture, NPR’s podcast Pop Culture Happy Hour will slake all of your cravings. A lovechild of NPR’s pop culture blog, Monkey See, PCHH is a 45-minute analysis of events in entertainment like the Oscars; discussions of  trends in film, TV and print media, such as the portrayal of nerds and whether or not romantic comedies are dead; and my…

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“To be a wiseguy was to own the world."

The mob world is the real world in Scorsese’s Goodfellas. The “made” guy - the Mafioso, the wiseguy, the goodfella. He’s a man of power, a man of means. He gets the women, dresses in the finest clothes, parties without worry, and has enough money to do all of this and then some. He’s everything that Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), an Irish-Italian Brooklyn boy, desires to be. But once he enters that world,…

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Obama Pressured to Nominate First FCC Chairwoman

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced his departure from his position last month, which has stirred up quite a buzz in Washington. The position has been highly anticipated by groups such as The Women’s Media Center and the National Hispanic Media Coalition who have pressed for a woman to rise to power. Thirty-seven democratic senators wrote letters to President Obama asking to nominate current…

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It’s a Bird…it’s a plane! No, It’s a Really Tall Man With a Camera

The camera zooms in on your alarm clock as it strikes seven a.m. Gunshots sound off in the background and shouts can be heard through the window while you get ready for school.  The camera scans your kitchen while you eat breakfast in silence as police sirens echo off the walls.  You head out the door, dreading the news to follow at school.   The camera follows you through the hallway as rumors spread…

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Everyone’s Interested in Murder, Really

The master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock delivers in his 1951 thriller Strangers on a Train. It seems like the perfect murder scheme. Two strangers, both wishing for someone in their lives to be dead, meet each other in a chance encounter and plot to switch their murders. As in, you commit my murder, I’ll commit yours. Airtight alibis. No connections whatsoever between the murderer and the victim,…

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