How To Fix The Matrix Sequels Pt. 1: Reloaded

How To Fix The Matrix Sequels Pt. 1: Reloaded

Cinematic Surgery

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Tribeca 2014: ‘Traitors’ is a precisely paced, carefully crafted debut that explodes with energy and confidence

Tribeca 2014: ‘Traitors’ is a precisely paced, carefully crafted debut that explodes with energy and confidence

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Orphan Black, Ep. 2.01, “Nature Under Constraint and Vexed” an energetic, fun return

Orphan Black, Ep. 2.01, “Nature Under Constraint and Vexed” an energetic, fun return

Orphan Black is back, and before diving into an analysis of the season premiere, it feels right to take a moment to enjoy that statement. This series exploded onto genre fans’ radar last…

Adapting ‘Gone Girl’

Adapting ‘Gone Girl’

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AwesomeCon: Exclusive Interview with Comics Artist Brooke Allen (Lumberjanes)

AwesomeCon: Exclusive Interview with Comics Artist Brooke Allen (Lumberjanes)

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Regular Show Vol. 1 is a Surreal, Entertaining, and Fun Comic

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‘Transcendence’ a bland, low-key, and ultimately silly techno-thriller

‘Transcendence’ a bland, low-key, and ultimately silly techno-thriller

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Tribeca 2014: ‘Time is Illmatic’ is one of the great rap documentaries

Tribeca 2014: ‘Time is Illmatic’ is one of the great rap documentaries

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Community Ep. 5.13 “Basic Sandwich (Part 2)” is a semi-satisfying finale

Community Ep. 5.13 “Basic Sandwich (Part 2)” is a semi-satisfying finale

It's easy to search for meaning in a Community episode: given the show's uber-meta construction, it invites critical dissemination of itself in a very unique way. This includes episodes like "Basic Sandwich", a…

Sordid Cinema #76: ‘The Raid 2′ and ‘Oculus’

Sordid Cinema #76: ‘The Raid 2′ and ‘Oculus’

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Tribeca 2014: ‘Pelo Malo’ puts a moving allegory for tolerance in front of a gorgeous slum backdrop

Tribeca 2014: ‘Pelo Malo’ puts a moving allegory for tolerance in front of a gorgeous slum backdrop

The very worst thing about homophobia is that, because gender and sexuality are as much social constructs as biology, it can target anyone without the slightest shred of reason or truth. If you…

Fargo Ep. 1.01 “The Crocodile’s Dilemma” introduces Bemidji to the Devil

Fargo Ep. 1.01 “The Crocodile’s Dilemma” introduces Bemidji to the Devil

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Game of Thrones Podcast #22: “The Lion and the Rose”

Game of Thrones Podcast #22: “The Lion and the Rose”

This week we sit down to discuss “The Lion and the Rose,” a game changing episode that sees the death of a major player. Written by George R.R. Martin and directed by Alex…

Greatest TV Pilots: Queer As Folk – A Cultural Milestone

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5 Horror Films Criterion Should Release on Blu-ray

5 Horror Films Criterion Should Release on Blu-ray

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How To Fix The Matrix Sequels Pt. 1: Reloaded

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Cinematic Surgery

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Tribeca 2014: ‘All About Ann’ profiles unlikeliest politician in Texas history

Tribeca 2014: ‘All About Ann’ profiles unlikeliest politician in Texas history

All About Ann: Governor Richards of the Lone Star State Directed by Keith Patterson and Phillip Schopper USA, 2014 The unapologetically liberal All About Ann: Governor Richards of the Lone Star State profiles…

Adapting ‘Gone Girl’

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Note. There are no specific spoilers for Gone Girl in this piece. Gone Girl is a powerful bullet-train of a novel that takes a little while to get you settled in to your seat,…

‘Finding Vivian Maier’ a mildly interesting but somewhat formless documentary

‘Finding Vivian Maier’ a mildly interesting but somewhat formless documentary

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‘Under the Skin’ a terrifying, beautiful, and utterly disturbing return from Jonathan Glazer

‘Under the Skin’ a terrifying, beautiful, and utterly disturbing return from Jonathan Glazer

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‘Bears’ a gorgeous but untrustworthy new documentary from Disneynature

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‘Transcendence’ a bland, low-key, and ultimately silly techno-thriller

‘Transcendence’ a bland, low-key, and ultimately silly techno-thriller

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New on Video: ‘Sabrina’

New on Video: ‘Sabrina’

"Sabrina" is a classic of American cinema ... an exceptional example of the assured best the studio system had to offer. …

‘The Final Member’ is frustrating more often than funny

‘The Final Member’ is frustrating more often than funny

Thirty-seven years ago, if the new documentary 'The Final Member' is to be believed, an Icelandic college professor named Sigurdur Hjartarson received a bull's penis from a colleague, as a joke. Somehow this…

Through This Lens: Powell and Pressburger’s ‘Black Narcissus’

Through This Lens: Powell and Pressburger’s ‘Black Narcissus’

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Straight Is the New Queer in ‘Les garçons et Guillaume, à table!’

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Interview with John Turturro of ‘Fading Gigolo’

Interview with John Turturro of ‘Fading Gigolo’

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New on Video: ‘The King of Comedy’

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Vikings Ep 2.08, “Boneless”, introduces new sources of heartbreak for its leads

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The Vampire Diaries, Ep 5.18: “Resident Evil” expands on the Travelers

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Parenthood, Ep. 5.22, “The Pontiac” a heart-warming finish to an uneven season

Parenthood, Ep. 5.22, “The Pontiac” a heart-warming finish to an uneven season

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Scandal, Ep. 3.18, “The Price of Free and Fair Elections” delivers a devastating finale

Scandal, Ep. 3.18, “The Price of Free and Fair Elections” delivers a devastating finale

Though this season's had some pretty wild ups (everything involving Rowan Pope) and downs (the Quinn, Huck, and Charlie love triangle), "The Price of Free and Fair Elections" closes season three on a…

Community Ep. 5.13 “Basic Sandwich (Part 2)” is a semi-satisfying finale

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It's easy to search for meaning in a Community episode: given the show's uber-meta construction, it invites critical dissemination of itself in a very unique way. This includes episodes like "Basic Sandwich", a…

Person of Interest Ep. 3.20: “Death Benefit” presents the characters with a moral dilemma

Person of Interest Ep. 3.20: “Death Benefit” presents the characters with a moral dilemma

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The Americans Ep. 2.08 “New Car” explores the ideological rift between Philip and Elizabeth

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All Bite, No Bark Returns: “Louie” Season 4 Teaser

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First Trailer for FX’s ‘The Strain’ Based on Guillermo del Toro Trilogy

First Trailer for FX’s ‘The Strain’ Based on Guillermo del Toro Trilogy

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Supernatural, Ep. 9.18, “Meta Fiction” turns its focus to the Angels

Supernatural, Ep. 9.18, “Meta Fiction” turns its focus to the Angels

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Tribeca 2014: ‘Extraterrstrial’ is neither as scary nor as funny is it ought to be

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One reasonable response to the credits of the horror film 'Extraterrestrial' might be, “‘A film by The Vicious Brothers’? Are these guys for real?” Naturally, the answer is no: writer/director Colin Minihan and…

Tribeca 2014: ‘All About Ann’ profiles unlikeliest politician in Texas history

Tribeca 2014: ‘All About Ann’ profiles unlikeliest politician in Texas history

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Tribeca 2014: ‘When the Garden Was Eden’ remembers an all-time great basketball team forgotten by time

Tribeca 2014: ‘When the Garden Was Eden’ remembers an all-time great basketball team forgotten by time

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‘Super Duper Alice Cooper’ is a handsome-looking presentation of standard material

‘Super Duper Alice Cooper’ is a handsome-looking presentation of standard material

If your knowledge of pop music is similar to mine, then you’ve heard of glam-rocker Alice Cooper but know almost nothing about him.…

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Tribeca 2014: ‘Time is Illmatic’ is one of the great rap documentaries

Tribeca 2014: ‘Time is Illmatic’ is one of the great rap documentaries

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Tribeca 2014: ‘Gabriel’ captures the unpredictability of mental illness

Tribeca 2014: ‘Gabriel’ captures the unpredictability of mental illness

The stereotype of mental illness on film is not too dissimilar from the stereotype of mental retardation put forward by the film 'Tropic Thunder': Successful characters have to be "disturbed," but they can't…

Tribeca 2014: ‘In Order of Disappearance’ is a bleak comedy of revenge

Tribeca 2014: ‘In Order of Disappearance’ is a bleak comedy of revenge

In the opening shot of the Norwegian crime thriller 'In Order of Disappearance,' a plow thunders down a Scandinavian country road, clearing the path with massive snow blowers. It might be tempting to…

Tribeca 2014: ‘Pelo Malo’ puts a moving allegory for tolerance in front of a gorgeous slum backdrop

Tribeca 2014: ‘Pelo Malo’ puts a moving allegory for tolerance in front of a gorgeous slum backdrop

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Tribeca 2014: ‘The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq’ lacks the acting to deliver on its odd premise

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On September 16, 2011, the family and friends of French novelist Michel Houellebecq lost contact with him. Houellebecq went missing for several days, long enough for the French media to get a hold…

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Sundance London 2014: Line-up includes ‘Frank’, ‘Fruitvale Station’, and ‘The Voices’

Sundance London 2014: Line-up includes ‘Frank’, ‘Fruitvale Station’, and ‘The Voices’

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Sordid Cinema #76: ‘The Raid 2′ and ‘Oculus’

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The Televerse #137- Queer as Folk (UK) with Ricky D

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‘Smash Bros’ just keeps looking better and better…

‘Smash Bros’ just keeps looking better and better…

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Petition: Uncensor the Prefix Trans- From Diablo III Clan Making

Petition: Uncensor the Prefix Trans- From Diablo III Clan Making

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Choking the Hype Machine: Why It’s So Tough to Review Games

Choking the Hype Machine: Why It’s So Tough to Review Games

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‘Dark Souls II’ is a Brutal, Beautiful Journey

‘Dark Souls II’ is a Brutal, Beautiful Journey

Fear. It seems to me that when it comes to Dark Souls II, fear is the name of the game. However, as time goes on, that fear is gradually replaced with daring, a…

‘The Walking Dead’ A Telltale Game Series Season Two

‘The Walking Dead’ A Telltale Game Series Season Two

an enjoyable story which fans of the series will love

[Spoiler alert: the following article contains minor details from S2] It wasn’t too long ago that the hearts and minds of gamers around the world were stolen by the tragic tale of a…

‘Kingdom Hearts’: Making the Impossible, Possible

‘Kingdom Hearts’: Making the Impossible, Possible

Developer: Square Enix Publisher: Square Enix, h.a.n.d., Jupiter, Disney Interactive Studios Platforms: PS2, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, PSP, Nintendo 3DS, PS3 (coming soon to PS4 and XboxOne)   Final Fantasy and Disney…

Achievement Races: How the Validation Model Has Changed Gaming

Achievement Races: How the Validation Model Has Changed Gaming

Something has quietly occurred over this soon-to-pass gaming generation, something that has never been seen before in the previous five or so eras of our favorite past time. For some reason people are…

‘Gone Home’ expands the territory of conventional videogame storytelling, retracing the boundaries closer to home

‘Gone Home’ expands the territory of conventional videogame storytelling, retracing the boundaries closer to home

As a teenager, I felt I would never age. Yet I also knew I would, and more than that, I could anticipate that when I did, everything would change. So I stood then,…

Twitch Plays Pokémon! (It’s not very effective)

Twitch Plays Pokémon! (It’s not very effective)

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Evolution of the Playstation [Infographic]

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Games That Changed Everything: Super Metroid

Games That Changed Everything: Super Metroid

It is something of a crime that the Metroid series has long been akin to the forgotten middle child of Nintendo’s family, the one that is oft ignored in favor of its too…

Sly Cooper is headed for the big screen in 2016

Sly Cooper is headed for the big screen in 2016

On January 28, PlayStation released a trailer for ‘Sly Cooper,’ the movie. Set to hit theaters in 2016 that rascally raccoon is setting out to defend his family tree. The story line is largely…

The Lackluster Apocalypse: Why Resident Evil Is In Big Trouble

The Lackluster Apocalypse: Why Resident Evil Is In Big Trouble

You know, there was a time, about 15 years ago, when this whole Resident Evil idea was pretty damn exciting. Sure, Alone in the Dark had already pioneered the survival horror thing, but…

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Sunday Shorts: ‘Euston Road’, starring Paul Bettany

Sunday Shorts: ‘Euston Road’, starring Paul Bettany

Today’s film is the 2004 short Euston Road. The film is directed by Toa Stoppard and written by Tristram Pye, and stars Charlie Condou, Tilly Blackwood, and Paul Bettany. Bettany has made a…

Saturday Shorts: ‘Waiting For You’, starring Tatiana Maslany

Saturday Shorts: ‘Waiting For You’, starring Tatiana Maslany

Today’s film is the 2012 short Waiting For You. The film is written and directed by Joey Klein, who also stars in the short alongside Tatiana Maslany. Maslany has made guest appearances in…

‘Somewhere in the Night’ finds adequate balance somewhere between mystery and compelling drama

‘Somewhere in the Night’ finds adequate balance somewhere between mystery and compelling drama

Friday Noir #98

Writer-director Joseph L. Mankiewizc came a long way from directing such monumental motion pictures as All About Eve, Cleopatra and smaller but still very much cherished productions the likes of Letter to Three…

New on Video: ‘Sabrina’

New on Video: ‘Sabrina’

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Through This Lens: Powell and Pressburger’s ‘Black Narcissus’

Through This Lens: Powell and Pressburger’s ‘Black Narcissus’

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Wide World of Horror: ‘T.M.A. (Darkness’) – confusing plot only makes for a confusing film

Wide World of Horror: ‘T.M.A. (Darkness’) – confusing plot only makes for a confusing film

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The Definitive Religious Movies: 20-11

The Definitive Religious Movies: 20-11

We move into the top 20 now, where the films become incredibly spiritual. One major component seen in many of these religious films: the overtones meant to instill a sense of mystery and…

Here Be Dragons: ‘Whisper of the Heart’

Here Be Dragons: ‘Whisper of the Heart’

There’s something even more special about seeing the late Yoshifumi Kondo’s Whisper of the Heart on 35mm. In its intended format, the work is on full display, affording its concern with creativity a…

Sunday Shorts: ‘Waning Moon’, starring Vincent Kartheiser

Sunday Shorts: ‘Waning Moon’, starring Vincent Kartheiser

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‘Yojimbo’ is supreme entertainment under the guidance of the sensei Kurosawa

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Saturday Shorts: ‘Serena’, starring Jennifer Garner

Saturday Shorts: ‘Serena’, starring Jennifer Garner

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‘Woman on the run’ is a light, fun reminder of the power of marriage

‘Woman on the run’ is a light, fun reminder of the power of marriage

Friday Noir #97

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The Definitive Religious Movies: 30-21

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'Total Recall' is arguably among the very best science-fiction films of the 90's

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