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The Hunger Games: Living Up to Expectations

May 3, 2012

Last week a new phenomenon swept the nation: The Hunger Games. It made 19.7 billion dollars on its midnight showing alone, and is unique in that it does not involve vampires, werewolves, or Hogwarts. It is the story of a post-apocalyptic North America divided into 12 districts, where the Capital, or the central government, controls the lives of all the district’s citizens. The ubiquity of the ...

The 2012 Academy Awards

February 16, 2012

Introduction: Well ladies and gentlemen, it’s that time of the year again: the Oscars have finally arrived. The nominees this year are fair. The movie Hugo leads with 11 nominations. Many films, on the other hand, were snubbed -- specifically, Drive and 50/50. But you have to do the best with your options, so below are my picks for every category in this year’s Academy Awards, with commentary fo...

Top 10 Films of 2011

January 18, 2012

Love watching movies? Take a look at this compilation of the ten best films from this past year. The Tree Of Life: Terrence Malick has always reinvented cinema in some aspect with every film he has made. The Tree Of Life, however, is his finest film to date, even surpassing 1978’s Days Of Heaven. The Tree Of Life is filled with vividly wondrous imagery that evokes nothing but thought. Set in 19...

Top Five Halloween Movies

October 30, 2011

Ah yes, October. The month of Halloween is definitely the best month in the year to watch horror movies. But which ones are the best ones, with the best scares and the most effective tension? Well here are my top picks. (Note: This list may not be entirely accurate to the whole horror genre, as there are many notable horror films I have yet to see, for example The Exorcist, Friday the 13th, Psycho,...

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