The Man in the Movie Hat

The Man in the Movie Hat

The Man in the Movie Hat

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The Films and Factors That Led to My First Feature (‘Footlights’)

Film

In part a promotional effort, and in part an inspirational effort, I decided to chronicle the multi-year process which led to my first feature film. H[...]

Editorial

Trailer Happy: Inherent Vice (2014)

Film

A new Paul Thomas Anderson movie is a major event for certain people. I am one of those people. What follows is not a very objective response to a tra[...]

Review

Everything is Better in the Season Two Premiere of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Television

The polite consensus on the first season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was that the show finally hit its stride after the titular organization[...]

Review

Tusk: Stout Mask Replica

Film

The birth of Kevin Smith’s Canadian horror film is already legendary—some see it as nothing but a pot-addled dare that went too far at the exp[...]

Editorial

For Your AFI Top 100 Consideration: All That Jazz (1979)

Film

For Your AFI Top 100 Consideration is a self-explanatory Man in the Movie Hat feature. This spot is reserved for suggestions for films that are believ[...]

Editorial

Demons, Athletes, and Vulcans: My Filmmaker Obsessions of Summer 2014

Film

I seek out filmmakers to be obsessed with. There are few things I love more than giving myself a self-taught course on a collection of films, mainly t[...]

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Review

The Russell Hustle: An American Master at the Top of His Game (and on the Shoulders of Giants)

Jared Stroup

Much like Martin Scorsese and John Ford before him, David O. Russell makes genre and studio films that also function as vehicles in which to tell his own personal story through. Whereas Scorsese has his Italian heritage and Catholicism, Ford had his Irish heritage and…well, Catholicism as well, Russell has both his Italian and Jewish […]

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Review

Community: “Repilot” Plus One

Ryan Levin

The season five premiere of NBC’s Community (titled “Repilot”) ends pretty clearly, metaphorically speaking. The episode had a lot of narrative legwork to get through in just a short half hour of commercially-interrupted TV. A plausible reason had to be quickly established why the remaining members of the study group were all back at Greendale – especially after Jeff […]

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Review

Inside Llewyn Davis: Liked, But Not Well-Liked

Dan Johnson

Stop me if you think that you’ve heard this one before. A young man – determined, idealistic, perhaps a bit difficult at times, but aren’t all young men? – finds himself in the unenviable position of having devoted years of his life to his true calling – or at least, what he believes with all […]

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Editorial

You’re Wrong About The Hobbit (And Movie Franchises in General)

Ryan Levin

(Author’s note: Though not usually my style, the garish, hyperbolic title à la Slate Magazine‘s usual fare seemed to fit this article nicely. It’s partly an experiment: I wanted to see if aggressively calling out the reader with an overstated premise would truly rain page views down from the sky or whether I’m just selling out on objective […]

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