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Film Analysis [Non-Reviews]

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10 Film Genres, Ranked by Cinematic Merit

What is cinematic merit? I am searching for a word or phrase that indicates how readily something is to be cinematic. Perhaps a more precise term would be “cinematic inclination,” or the likelihood of an entity possessing attributes of or carrying out actions that are cinematic. The term, cinematic, itself means “relating to” or “having … Continue reading

What’s Your Archetype? Or… Most People are Cats or Dogs

Are you a cat or a dog? You don’t need to be a sociologist or a researcher of artificial selection to know that the domesticated cat and dog (Felis catus and Canis lupis familiaris, respectively) are humanity’s most important, if not most favorite, pets throughout our history. Before you anticipate this post devolving into a … Continue reading

Why ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ (1996-2005)…

I recently wrote about my affections for the sitcom television show and pop culture phenomenon that is The Big Bang Theory (2007-present), a show I feel is both overrated and underappreciated by different audiences. In many respects, however, the prism through which I view The Big Bang Theory (henceforth, BBT) and have viewed most every … Continue reading

In Defense of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ (2007-Present): Not a Review

The Big Bang Theory is one of the most popular television sitcoms of the late 2000s and 2010s. Like similar modern shows such as How I Met Your Mother (2005-2014) and Modern Family (2009-present), it represents a shift in mainstream television portrayals of modern America, including its emphasis on pop culture references, scientific research, higher … Continue reading

Examining ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ (2014): Not a Review

In light of Michael Bay’s fifth (5th!) upcoming robot-sex movie, Transformers: The Last Knight (2017), I thought it appropriate to look back on Bay’s previous work on the franchise that has become synonymous with big, loud, brain-dead Hollywood blockbuster filmmaking, as well as obnoxious product placement and blatant, shameless international pandering. I have made my … Continue reading

My Take on ‘The Walking Dead’ (2010-Present): Not a Review

I am not the biggest fan of AMC’s popular zombie-drama, The Walking Dead, but I wasn’t always a critic of it. When the show first aired in its abbreviated, six-episode debut season, I was one of its early converts, impressed by its production values, epic scope, and excited by the prospect of a long-running television … Continue reading

Best of 2016 (+ 2017 Preview): The Oscar-Bait Strikes Back

Amidst the cultural backlash, civil war, and whirlwind that was 2016, filmmaking soldiered on as usual, featuring a plethora of comic book-adaptations such as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Captain America: Civil War (2016), X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), Doctor Strange (2016), and the sidestream rebuttal, Deadpool (2016). It was a good year if you … Continue reading

My Take on the Harry Potter Franchise (2001-2011): Not a Review

With the upcoming release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) upon us, I decided it was time to look back at the Harry Potter film megafranchise that birthed the modern Young Adult (YA) novel-adaptation craze, giving us everything from Twilight (2008-2012) to The Hunger Games (2012-2015) to Divergent (2014-present) to Maze Runner … Continue reading

Rules Aren’t Always Made to be Broken: Top Five Filmmaking Pet-Peeves

The bigger the¬†cinephile you become, the more specific and technical your filmmaking preferences and opinions grow. Movie-buffs become more nuanced in their evaluations of their favorite and least favorite films, picking out distinct filmmaking techniques that they notice, time and time again, which can either elevate a film’s material or drag it down into the … Continue reading

The Movie-Medium Debate: Film vs Digital

If you’re anything of a movie-buff, you’re aware that the past decade of filmmaking, and in particular the past ten years of film distribution, have been wrapped in a controversy so intriguing¬†that it calls into question the very medium of movies themselves: The introduction and subsequent domination of HD digital video cameras to shoot motion … Continue reading