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Thoughts on The Cinematic Universe Phenomenon

In 2008, Marvel released their international blockbuster, Iron Man. Unknown to very many, Iron Man was the first of multiple superhero films that would lead up to a team-up movie where we would see all of the heroes team up ...
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Top 8 Moments of the Second Star Wars: The Force ...

It arrived without much of a warning for anybody, but it is now here. The second trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens — the seventh installment of arguably the most popular sci-fi franchise ever, and loved by millions around ...
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How Green Was My Valley – The Importance of Strong ...

This post is a continuation of a series about movies my stepfather and I watched throughout my adolescence, and the lessons I learned from both him and the films. The first three pieces give a good introduction to the series, ...
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The Process of Filmmaking [Infographic]

Filmmaking is a lot more complicated than it looks. There’s the concepting, writing, casting, location scouting, dealing with the actors, shooting, editing, visual effects, and releasing. That’s just a fraction of the big picture when it comes to filmmaking. Last ...
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The Bridge on the River Kwai: The Value of Principles

This post is a continuation of a series about the movies my stepfather I watched throughout my adolescence, and the lessons I learned from both him and the films. The first two pieces give a good introduction to the series, so ...
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The Appeal of Fantasy

The most enduring type of story in history is the fantasy genre. It has been around for thousands of years, starting with epics such as Homer’s The Iliad and The Odyssey and Vigril’s The Aeneid. They consisted of gods, goddesses, ...
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The Editing of Transporter 3

Have you seen Transporter 3? If so, what did you think of it? Likely, not much. Personally, I’m a fan of the first two and was very disappointed in the way the last one stomped all over the character that ...
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“Restrepo:” True Brotherhood

Restrepo Movie Poster Courtesy of Outpost Films and National Geographic Imagine that you are a young man in the US Army preparing for deployment. Where are you going? You’re nervous as you listen to your Captain and Sergeant tell you ...
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The Quiet Man: The Importance of Family Heritage

This post is a continuation of a series about movies my stepfather I watched throughout my adolescence, and the lessons I learned from both him and the films. The first piece gives a good introduction to the series, so if ...
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Montage Theory: The Odessa Steps

I’m willing to bet that most people, upon exposure to the word “montage”, will have to spend the next few hours getting a certain trumpet chorus out of their head. Once the urge to break into a meat-locker and punch ...