Reinforcing the Norm: Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s <em>Don Jon</em>
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Reinforcing the Norm: Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Don Jon

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a very busy man: he is an accomplished actor and runs the production company hitREcord. A majority of the female population would also argue his being attractive as a full-time job. Now Gordon-Levitt as added the jobs of writer and director in his romantic comedy Don Jon. The film follows Jon, (Gordon-Levitt), … Continue reading

Leaving the Lights On…Permanently: <em>The Strangers</em>
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Leaving the Lights On…Permanently: The Strangers

This post is part of The Moviola’s Friday column The Moviola Horror Corner, hosted by Meaghan Clohessy Audiences look for the safety nets in horror films. The use of daylight, heightened musical tones, and telling dialogue has all been used to warn of impending dangers. This way, audiences have a system of defense against the … Continue reading

Left Needing More: Review of Elysium
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Left Needing More: Review of Elysium

Director Neill Blomkamp understands that a good science fiction film is made by its social commentary. After all, he directed District 9, one of the better sci-fi films in the last decade, combining thrilling action with in-depth commentary on the film’s social tensions. With the success of District 9, Blomkamp brings high expectations in his … Continue reading

Budgeting Fear: Review of Suspiria
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Budgeting Fear: Review of Suspiria

Horror website Bloody Disgusting published an article about scrapping the remake of Dario Argento’s Suspiria. Potential director David Gordon Green cited his vision as being too expensive for big screen adaptation. Big budget visions are strange for low budget scares. Suspiria director Argento didn’t waste money in monster creation or lavish scares. He wanted a … Continue reading

And That’s Why They Tell You to Avoid Bedford: Review of Picnic at Hanging Rock
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And That’s Why They Tell You to Avoid Bedford: Review of Picnic at Hanging Rock

This post is part of The Moviola’s Friday column The Moviola Horror Corner, hosted by Meaghan Clohessy. The small town mentality is a staple fear in horror films. A Nightmare on Elm Street used a dream killer to shatter suburban expectations. The Wicker Man used a giant wooden statue to make an island existence terrifying. … Continue reading

Malleable Expectations: Oldboy
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Malleable Expectations: Oldboy

This post is part of The Moviola’s Friday column The Moviola Horror Corner, hosted by Meaghan Clohessy. Last month, the trailer was released for the remake of Chan Wook Park’s Oldboy. The trailer promises an existential revenge thriller while attracting audiences with the performances of veteran actors such as Josh Brolin and Samuel L. Jackson. … Continue reading