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    Sarah’s 5 Most Anticipated films of NYFF 2015

    As a first time attendee of the New York Film Festival, it’s difficult not to be overwhelmed by this year’s selection of films. I’ve been mentally preparing for the slew of world premieres and other festival favorites that will surely play a crucial part in the upcoming awards season. I’ve never attended a film festival […] More

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    The new nostalgia: Releasing multiple updated versions of childhood memories

    In the modern era of filmmaking, ushered in when Steven Spielberg accidentally created the summer blockbuster with Jaws, cinema has become increasingly linked with nostalgia. For example, the early films of Spielberg and George Lucas were inspired by their childhood love of 40’s and 50’s adventure serials, yet directors from the next generation (most notably […] More

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    ‘The Lost World: Jurassic Park’ is a mixed bag of chills and cringes

    Few movies lend themselves to franchising as unnaturally as 1993’s blockbuster Jurassic Park.

    The story’s theme of man suffering the consequences of using science to flout nature inherently involves the creation of a wondrous world—“Jurassic Park”, a theme park where dinosaurs were brought back from extinction to be gawked at by tourists—and then the destruction of that world. But record setting book sales and box office created the market, and Michael Crichton started to work on the first book of his that was written primarily to adapt into a movie. More

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    ‘Jurassic Park’ holds up as well today as it did in 1993

    “What have they got in there, King Kong”, quips Dr. Ian Malcolm as a computer-driven Land Cruiser slides along its railed path through a massive wooden gate that is designed to look prehistoric, welcoming them to “Jurassic Park”. Billionaire John Hammond has done the impossible and brought dinosaurs back from extinction—then built a park around them as cheesy as any zoo attraction or Disney theme park. More

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    The original ‘Poltergeist’ successfully blends horror and family melodrama

    The original 1982 Poltergeist, directed by Tobe Hooper, opens with an apt image: an extreme close-up of a television set. Not only does the object prove pivotal to the film’s narrative, but the close proximity of the camera to the screen imbues the television with a strange, almost alien quality. Though it simply plays the national anthem over patriotic imagery, the signature sign-off for most TV stations in the 1980s, the close-up distorts the pictures and renders them wholly indeterminable. For a film that explores the dark unknowns that lie beneath the seemingly innocent and ordinary, Poltergeist certainly knows how to prime its audience for what’s to come. More

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    Syfy & Amblin to enter ‘Brave New World’

    Syfy is joining with Steven Speilberg’s Amblin Television to adapt Aldous Huxley’s classic 1932 novel Brave New World into a scripted series. The project reunites the Emmy-winning team behind Syfy’s 2003 mini-series Taken. Ranked fifth among the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th Century by Modern Library, Brave New World takes place in a […] More

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