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Film focus: action movies

Film focus: action movies

Thomas Farrell, Contributor

September 24, 2020

Movie theaters are finally opening back up all across the US, but many of us are still apprehensive to go out or don’t think there’s anything worth watching. So rather than go out, we stay home and sit back and enjoy a film on our televisions at home. In my experience, the movies that translate the...

Best Picture Breakdown: 1917

Best Picture Breakdown: 1917

Michael Geiger, Opinion Editor

February 8, 2020

1917, a film directed, co-written, and produced by Sam Mendes, follows the journey of two ordinary British Army soldiers who are given an extraordinary task: deliver a message through a war zone to a British colonel that will save the lives of 1,600 men. Included among those 1,600 is the brother of one o...

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...

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