Feb 18, 2014
Full article of 'Dr. Strangelove and the Act of Laughing at Ourselves'
Stanley Kubrick's landmark black comedy of the Cold War from 1964, Dr. Strangelove: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, recently celebrated its 50th anniversary (last month actually) and Cinema Studies major Bradley Cooper fortunately, and conveniently, has a great analysis he wrote for class on the classic film. Looking at the hilarity of the film itself, and the subjects it takes to task, the essay looks at how the film was received during its time from the New York Times to The Hudson Review.
We also have included a 45 minute inside the making of documentary that looks into the behind the scenes of the film with all the principal players mentioned behind and in front of the camera, which is highly recommend for any fan of the film.
“I hope you realize you trying to keep your distance from me in no way lessens my affection for you.” Holy cats, is this kid bringing the heat. It’s like a football team’s secondary just continuingly blitzing the opposing quarterback. I don’t know how much more of this Hazel Grace Lancaster’s offensive line can take, you guys. - Tobi Ogunyemi
Feb 6, 2014
Having Justin Edwards on our La Grande Illusion Podcast is always a pleasure, and this time around we have him join us to talk all over about the Academy Award nominations, going through everything about surprises, snubs, who could be locks, who could be dark horses and various films that spring up in discussion as well. We also talk about some of the more looked over gems on 2013, the changing and evolving nature of what exactly 'Oscar bait' is in this day of age and Justin comes up with a fun idea in coming up with his own 'alternate nominations' for the Oscars.
It's another top-notch podcast episode from one of our favorites!
Feb 4, 2014
This past Sunday, Philip Seymour Hoffman, father of three, Academy Award winner, playright and one of the best actors of his generation and in the world, unfortunately past away at the age of 46. The shocking news was met throughout despair and sorrow and as remember the man and his work, we take a look at what he meant to the world at large, the tremendous tributes that have made in his name and how The Master will be missed.
If there is one genre that Hollywood is completely mining for all it's worth, it's the young adult genre. Instead of the supernatural elements though, the latest big effort comes from the film adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars. We're going to be honest, we're probably not intended audience for particular picture, but that's not going to stop us from looking over the trailer, writing down notes and sharing our mercurial and strange notes with everyone else! Starring one of our favorite young actors in Shailene Woodley, check out what we thought of the trailer, and the actual trailer itself among others, inside!
Also, whatever is going on with Endless Love as well.
Feb 2, 2014
Holy cats, a sports article? An actual football article?!
We figured we would get one done real quick before the big 'pretty much a national holiday' game came upon us for tomorrow, with the Super Bowl being played between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks. It's been a crazy year in the National Football League (especially when trying to pick the games) but it all ends in the game's biggest showcase. Why is the game in New York City? What other cities should host the event? What are the storylines coming in? How will Denver's high powered offense deal with Seattle's punishing defense, and vice versa? What, if anything will this mean for Peyton Manning's legacy? Did Homer Simpson really role the dice on the Seahawks?
And is the picture featured here the best ever? All these questions mulled over and more!
Even while in the trenches of awards season, we're still watching a lot of things on television - which is great since we've mentioned how excited we are in seeing the medium and content grow with how people change their viewing habits. With that said, television wise, and along with the majority of those who are catching it, we talk up how great HBO's True Detective is (starring Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson and brought to you by the team of Nic Pizzolatto and Cary Joji Fukunaga) and in actual relation to that, how fantastic the anime mini-series of Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine is as well. Two series with a dark and massively creative intentions that keeps your attention.
And then, there's Les Misérables which, we're going to be honest with you here, doesn't work for a number of reasons. And no, it's not because of Russell Crowe's singing. It's deeper than that, foundation level deep, deeper than the shots going down Hugh Jackman's throat.
Jan 28, 2014
Professional wrestling is a world with its own characteristics, mythology, storytelling and execution (especially when executing a finishing move, as it were) and it has a deep and rich history and tradition. Nathan Rutkofske explores the methods of that world through the vantage point of Joseph Campbell's 'Hero With a Thousand Faces' and through the rivalry that engulfed the WWE during the summer of 2011; the WWE Champion John Cena defending the WWE Championship against the roguish challenger in CM Punk at the Money in the Bank event, who threatened to leave the company with it's own World Title.
The entire story, in its characteristics, mythology, storytelling and execution, is broken down here to show how professional wrestling crafts its own unique storytelling.
"Do I have everyone's attention now?"
Ian is back again with another entry into 'Scorekeeping,' the aspect of original music in film and the composers who craft them. This time around, he turns his pen towards Hans Zimmer and his unique, 'razor' methods on crafting the score centered around the Joker (played by the departed Heath Ledger) in the second entry in the Dark Knight trilogy.
Zimmer takes an interesting route to create the memorable score from the suggestions of director Christopher Nolan and how they were used to great effect in the film, and even more so in Unstoppable as well.