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    The Case for ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Winning an Oscar In One Video

    I was honestly surprised when George Miller’s critically lauded Mad Max: Fury Road received a whopping ten Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. Not because I didn’t think the film didn’t deserve it, but because Fury Road seeminly had “snub of the year” written all over it. A high-octane action flick based on an 80s genre franchise? That doesn’t […] More

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    Mad Max and the Lack of Furious Backlash | Cinema 101

    The prestige releases of awards season and the high-gloss trashiness of summer blockbuster season have one thing in common: they both cause movie fans to ride a circle of hype after any given movie is released, with many films going from highly praised amongst audiences, to being the cause of a vocal backlash in the […] More

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    The 10 Best Film Scores of 2015

    Far be it from me to disagree with our staff, but I would hard-pressed to name 30 films from 2015 that I would consider among the “best” of the year. The same can’t be said for film music, though. As predictable as each superhero template or franchise reboot may have been this year, composers keep […] More

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    2015’s Top 10 Trailers

    1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Teaser 2) – This teaser galvanized fans and casual viewers alike by adding nostalgic moments absent in 2014’s Black Friday teaser. Between shots of new characters, we got the massive hulk of a crashed Imperial Star Destroyer looming over the desert, the melted mask of Darth Vader, X-wing and […] More

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    The News Reel #35: Best Movies of 2015

    On the last episode of the year, Zach and Brian take a look back at the films of 2015 and rank their top 10 best movies of the year including Spotlight, Mad Max: Fury Road, Slow West, Carol, Anomalisa, and Ex Machina. The pair also talk about the most impressive performances of the year and […] More

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    The Top 30 Films of 2015

    2015 was yet another strong year for movies, so much so that we had over 100 films submitted by our numerous contributors for consideration. In the end, these are the 30 that made the cut for PopOptiq’s Best of the Year. Enjoy!   30.) Shaun the Sheep Aardman Studios is the stop-motion clay animation equivalent […] More

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    The 2015 Action Hero Power Rankings

    There have been a lot of very dope action scenes this year – the church scene in Kingsman: The Secret Service, the fight between The Rock and Jason Statham in Furious 7, and basically everything in Mad Max: Fury Road, to name just a few. Basically, we’ve gotten some incredible action sequences this year. This […] More


    ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ and the Illusion of Progress

    The status quo in Mad Max: Fury Road is bleak and nihilistic. The Citadel, the central community of importance to the film, is run by a decrepit leader called Immortan Joe who has a harem of women that he breeds with and another group of women that provide breast milk like factory cattle. The peasants beg […] More

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    SOS This Week #21: What I Learned This Summer At The Movies

    In the latest episode, Brian and Zach discuss news stories from the week including a new Amy Schumer/Jennifer Lawrence team-up, the cast of the Richard Pryor biopic, and Steve Carell joining a famous director’s movie in place of Bruce Willis. They are also joined by guests Christina Leo and Sarah Pearce Lord to discuss lessons […] More

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