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    Review: Dom Hemingway

    Friday, April 11, 2014

    There hasn’t been an actor playing this “against type” since Bill Murray as FDR. In Dom Hemingway Jude Law stars as a blustery Cockney smart-ass safe-cracker with bad teeth and a few extra pounds on his gut. Law, usually solidly cerebral (the excellent Side Effects, Anna Karenina), here is big on balls and small on […]

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    Review: Nymphomaniac: Part Two

    Friday, April 4, 2014

    Ever the tricky jokester, Lars Von Trier mixes it up in his two-part opus, Nymphomaniac. The grandiloquent literary and fly fishing allusions of Nymphomaniac Part One and its hand-in-hand farcical shadings yield in Part Two to a much more somber tone. Sadomasochism rises to the fore as soon as you can say 50 Shades of […]

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    Jason Talks Movies and Riots with his Venezuelan Friend

    Monday, March 31, 2014

      Recently, there has been a lot of news coverage on the country of Venezuela and the riots taking place within its borders.  I was interested in seeing how the insurmountable violence and widespread fear has affected the movie industry over there, so I asked my friend David who lives in Venezuela if he could […]

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    Review: Cesar Chavez

    Friday, March 28, 2014

      Diego Luna’s Cesar Chavez glosses over some rather important aspects of the underlying essence of its subject matter. Although admirable in taking the course of the biopic Lincoln versus, say Mandela, in keeping its scope focused on a narrow swath of time, it fails to go deep in portraying the great 1960s labor organizer. […]

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    Katsucon Interview Series: Joshua (Neon Genocide)

    Friday, March 28, 2014

    So, sadly, this is the last part of the Katsucon 2014 cosplay interviews. We’ve seen some amazing work across multiple genres. Today, we’re going to end it with a cosplay from arguably one of today’s most popular forms of entertainment, video games. Specifically, Square Enix’s Final Fantasy series. Interview with Joshua (Neon Genocide): How long […]

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