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Oct 18, 2014

Psychoanalysis and the Oedipal Trajectory of Drive

by Danny Santos
Located in: Ambitionland - Analysis

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There is a lot that goes on within the framework of Nicolas Winding Refn's stylish neo-noir thriller from 2011; aside from the '80s relishes, the slow motion, Cliff Martinez's soundtrack and much more, the film can also be seen within a revealing and in-depth psychoanalytic lens to the relationship between Ryan Gosling's Driver, Carey Mulligan's single mother in Irene, Kaden Leos' as her young and impressionable son Benicio, and Oscar Issac as Standard, the odd-man-out.

Between the escalating violence that these characters find themselves in, will they be able to create and establish the best nuclear family that they are capable of? And what will the roles be within that family?

As a bonus Drive feature, check out Salma Siddiqui's Star System piece she penned on The Driver as well!

Categories Analysis Tags Drive Nicholas Winding Refn Ryan Gosling Carey Mulligan critical studies psychoanalysis Oedipal Trajectory

Oct 15, 2014

Gone With the Wind, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, The Wizard of Oz and the 1939 Oscar Race

by Tobi Ogunyemi and Amber Stankoff
Located in: Podcasts - La Grande Illusion Podcast

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Following up on our discussion of Gone With the Wind's 75th anniversary, we turn to the whole year of 1939 and the 12th Academy Award race in general. Joined by the president of the Classical Hollywood Club in Amber Stankoff, we look at a lot of tidbits from the greatest year in Hollywood's history and questioning how well David O. Selznick's Best Picture winner would do in the race held today.

Speaking of today, we also touch on the current format of the Oscars, how the system actually (or maybe not actually works) and we touch on David Fincher's Gone Girl at the end as well.

Categories Discussion Film Podcasts Tags podcast discussion films classic films Hollywood 1939 Academy Awards Gone With the Wind Mr. Smith Goes to Washington The Wizard of Oz The Rules of the Game Best Actor Best Actress Best Director

Oct 3, 2014

Kevin Spacey Without His Hair Piece - Discussing Se7en, Gone Girl and David Fincher

by Craig Kennedy and Tobi Ogunyemi
Located in: Ambitionland - Analysis

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With the releasing of David Fincher's latest film in Gone Girl - starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike in an overall strong cast - the internet went into overdrive in looking at the films of Fincher's canon, and we did the same. Along with our good friend in Craig Kennedy of AwardsDaily, we looked at Fincher and what makes him and his films tick by rewatching his 1995 classic thriller in Se7en, looking at his other films (such as Zodiac, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Social Network), the influence his work has had in other mediums (in music videos and anime) and looking forward to what his adaptation of Gone Girl will bring.

Oh, and the Inherent Vice trailer is in here and if you want to watch it, it's fantastic!

Categories Analysis Blog Entry Tags David Fincher filmography films Se7en Gone Girl Alien 3 Fight Club The Game Zodiac The Curious Case of Benjamin Button The Social Network The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo director

Oct 2, 2014

I meant to add to your comment on Spacey, I think it's the one time I've ever seen him without his hair piece.

- Craig Kennedy, Kevin Spacey Without His Hair Piece - Discussing Se7en, Gone Girl and David Fincher

You Act On Me Like a Tonic, Miss Scarlett! - Live Blogging Gone With the Wind

by Justin Edwards, Tayler Mandziara and Tobi Ogunyemi
Located in: Ambitionland - Blogs

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Two weeks ago, it was the 75th anniversary of the biggest film in Hollywood's history, David O. Selznick's Gone With the Wind  and we began an odd odyssey in live-blogging the film when it screened on TCM.

Joined by our good friends in Justin (who has never seen the whole film in its entirety) and Tayler (who absolutely loves the film and feels the complete opposite of Ashley Wilkes), this is what happens when we recap discuss in real time the very long plot happenings of a 75 year old movie. We also found a lot of interesting tidbits as well, such as an interview of Butterfly McQueen and her career and much more.

Whether you love the film or not, the influential power of Gone With the Wind can't be denied - despite how much of Scarlett's bourbon you'll have to drink to do so!

Categories Blog Entry Feature Humor Notes Tags Gone With the Wind David O. Selnzick Vivien Leigh Clark Gable Hattie McDaniel Olivia de Havilland Leslie Howard live-blogging

Sep 26, 2014

Another Take on Gwen Stacy: Spider-Woman

by Tobi Ogunyemi
Located in: Features - Everything Else We're Doing

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*art by Jordan Gibson

Have we mentioned we really like Gwen Stacy? And we really like Gwen Stacy as Spider-Woman? And we REALLY like Gwen Stacy's Spider-Woman costume? If not (and we totally have), we have another review in addition to Steve Killius' review of 'Gwen Stacy: Spider-Woman' that looks at it from another angle and what makes the book tick not only within its own parameters of a story but also within the larger framework of the event, Edge of Spider-verse, that it is a part of as well.

That, and how awesome her costume is. This can't be stressed enough.

Categories Articles Comics Everything Else We're Doing Review Tags comic books review Spider-Man Spider-Woman Gwen Stacy: Spider-Woman Edge of Spider-verse Marvel Comics Jason Latour Robbi Rodriguez Rico Renzi Gwen Stacy Jordan Gibson

Sep 24, 2014

RoboFist Review of Gwen Stacy: Spider-Woman

by Steve Killius
Located in: Features - Everything Else We're Doing

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With the focus of establishing female superheroes in Marvel's current planning right now, there is a great opportunity for a female character to catch on and explode with popularity to the forefront. And that's exactly what has happened with Gwen Stacy.

No, she has not returned from the dead (at least we don't think so, at least not in the 616 universe.... again), but rather in the new event set up in the Spider-Man books, Edge of Spider-verse, we see Spider-Men and Women from around the multiverse and the second book of the event focuses on a Gwen who developed the spider powers instead of Peter Parker. An incredible visual book, our friend Steve Killius from his blog of RoboFist's Revenge reviews the book, and even includes a song from the Mary Janes in the book by a real band.

We've hit the jackpot, y'all.

Categories Articles Comics Everything Else We're Doing Review Tags comic books review Spider-Man Spider-Woman Gwen Stacy: Spider-Woman Edge of Spider-verse Marvel Comics Jason Latour Robbi Rodriguez Rico Renzi Married with Sea Monsters Gwen Stacy

Sep 22, 2014

Figuring out the Early Awards Season Picture (With Background Piano Music!) - Cumberbatch! Redmayne! Moore! Jolie! - And Figuring Out a Conundrum of Actresses with Justin Edwards

by Justin Edwards and Tobi Ogunyemi
Located in: Podcasts - La Grande Illusion Podcasts

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The 2014 awards season is underway, especially with the start of the fall film festivals starting and winding down, and Justin Edwards join us to make heads and tails of what the tea leaves are saying right now. Yes, it is only September and yes a lot of these movies still haven't been realized or even seen (Inherent Vice, Interstellar, Into the Woods, Selma, Unbroken, etc, etc....) and even YES, there is a lot of navel gazing around social media on the awards seasons, but here we are anyway.

Like our friend Ryan Adams at Awards Daily, the awards are in service and to amplify the movies. So we're here to do just that; what does the usually competitive Best Actor category look like? Best Actress? Best Picture and much more? We look into the main event categorites, a number of pictures that could effect the race much down the line and the career tracks of some of the most well-known actresses (Adams, Berry, Witherspoon).

It's Justin's last podcast with us before he heads down to Malick Country (Texas, not the beginning of time) and we do our best to guess how far we can see down the golden road of awards season.

Also, Justin details what 'the White Girl Test' actually is. Make sure you have your pencils ready!

Categories Discussion Film Podcasts Tags podcast discussion film Justin Edwards awards season film festivals Toronto International Film Festival Best Picture Best Director Best Actor Best Actress nominations actresses Amy Adams Halle Berry Eva Green Julianne Moore Kate Winslet Reese Witherspoon Rosamund Pike Ben Affleck Jessica Chastain Marion Cotillard Into the Woods Interstellar Unbroken Ava DuVernay Gone Girl Awards Daily

Establishing the Definition of the Word Witchy - Talking Movies, Music and More With Danny Santos

by Tobi Ogunyemi and Danny Santos
Located in: Podcasts - La Grande Illusion Podcast

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It took a long time in the making, but we were excited to get our friend and Cinema Studies major Danny Santos on our podcast to talk about a number of topics! We initially got a hold of him to talk about his music - Danny sings with his friend Stephanie Hamood and her band, Blue Mountain Belle, and other musical endeavors - and then we talk about how he got accepted into the USC Film Program (small school, you might have heard of it), his favorite films, how music has influenced his taste of cinema and beyond and different aspects of concepts and narratives in our favorite films.

As usual with our guests and friends, we have a great overarching discussion and we're on a Cliff Martinez kick lately, so the music is from his collection touching on his films of Only God Forgives, Traffic and the Cinemax television series, The Knick (which we're all in on!).

Categories Discussion Podcasts Tags podcast discussion film cinema music USC David Lynch Maple Art Theater Stephanie Hamood Blue Mountain Belle