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Coronavirus and the movie industry

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Thomas Farrell, Contributor

April 7, 2020

  Coronavirus has had an unprecedented impact on the entire global economy. Markets are in chaos, people are being furloughed or outright losing their jobs, and anyone not laid off is working at home. These are definitely strange times, and they have affected every facet of our daily lives. Of cou...

Film Focus: Pandemic movies

Film Focus: Pandemic movies

Thomas Farrell, Contributor

February 21, 2020

Everyone loves to imagine the apocalypse, and rightfully so, as it can make for some fantastic pieces of fiction. With the Coronavirus carving a path of destruction across China, many are afraid of a global pandemic occurring. This means it’s the perfect time to bunker down and watch a few movies about...

Best Picture Breakdown: Joker, The Irishman, Parasite, and Little Women

Best Picture Breakdown: Joker, The Irishman, Parasite, and Little Women

Thomas Farrell, Contributor

February 8, 2020

Joker Joker is the black horse of this year’s Best Picture nominees. It’s a pastiche of '70s and '80s Martin Scorsese films starring one of the most iconic comic book villains – the Joker. Its inclusion is particularly controversial among “cinephiles” who think it’s an unintelligent fil...

The Irishman Movie Review

The Irishman Movie Review

Thomas Farrell, Contributor

December 14, 2019

The “gangster epics” rank among some of the most cherished films of all time. Classics like The Godfather, The Untouchables, and Scarface are still watched and enjoyed by audiences decades following their release. Martin Scorsese is undeniably one of the masters of this particular genre, with him...

Midway Movie Review

Aircraft Carrier

Thomas Farrell, Contributor

November 23, 2019

The Battle of Midway is one of the most infamous battles of World War Two. Occurring six months after Pearl Harbor and America’s entrance into the war, America’s outfit naval and air units won a decisive victory and imparted irreparable damage to the Japanese fleet. It’s also a battle well suited...

The Lighthouse: Movie Review

Lighthouse

Thomas Farrell, Contributor

November 8, 2019

Horror movies have seemingly become the last refuge for true artistry in popular cinema. Sure, we still get movies like Jigsaw or Unfriended: Dark Web, but we also get incredible films like Hereditary and The Wailing. This is probably on account of their low budgets, high returns, and polarizing nature...

Joker vs Society

Clown

Thomas Farrell, Writer

October 24, 2019

Joker is undoubtedly one of the year’s greatest success stories. Shot on a budget of $55 million dollars and with a limited advertising presence, it has already made over $700 million dollars worldwide and is on track to make profit on par with Avengers: Infinity War. On top of Joker beating the odds in that w...

Rambo: Last Blood Review

Mexico

Thomas Farrell, Writer

October 12, 2019

Rambo is one of the great American movie franchises. The entries are ostensibly all action movies, but ones that occasionally tap into deeper questions about war, loneliness, and the alienation veterans experience when they come home. This past September, the fifth film in this almost 40-year-old franchise...

The Curious Case of Tulsi Gabbard

The Curious Case of Tulsi Gabbard

Thomas Farrell, Contributor

September 26, 2019

From day one, Tulsi Gabbard has had a hard job convincing people on why she should be president. However almost no one doubts that she is qualified – the first Samoan American and first Hindu elected to Congress, the youngest woman ever elected to a state legislature, a combat vet deployed to Iraq...

Hidden in the flock: fake Catholics in the Democratic Party

Hidden in the flock: fake Catholics in the Democratic Party

Thomas Farrell, Contributor

September 12, 2019

The days of religion influencing public policy in meaningful ways are over, no matter what watchers and readers of The Handmaid’s Tale may say. While America has always had the “separation of Church and State,” there was an undeniable reality that America was a nation apologetically founded by Christians, and for...

Brexit insanity and inanity

Thomas Farrell, Contributor

September 12, 2019

The United Kingdom democratically voted to withdraw from the European Union over three years ago on June 23, 2016. In a referendum that shocked the world, over half of the country voted to leave the political and economic union that it had been a part of since 1973. Originally intended as an economic...

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