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Tomorrowland

Elijah Davidson
Tomorrowland
Tomorrowland’s “big idea” is also caught in the tension between two extremes. On one side, the film is soberingly realistic about the challenges facing the world today. On the other side, Tomorrowland is endearingly optimistic about the potential for positive change.

Pitch Perfect 2

Gary Ingle
Pitch Perfect 2
Pitch Perfect 2 teases the notion that originality can sometimes be "better" while still showing how awesome covers can sound - especially when they are sung a cappella. I see artistic creativity in both types of expression...

Slow West

Andy Singleterry
Slow West
Slow West uses the imagery and tropes of western movies to set up expectations, but then it constantly subverts those expectations. The film is full of surprises which are, at once, funny and meaningful, all leading towards a shocking end.

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck

Colin Stacy
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck
Kurt Cobain was a complicated man, battered by life though loving nonetheless. Montage of Heck reveals a sad and faint glimmer of life amidst dense bleakness...

Mad Max: Fury Road

Kent Webber
Mad Max: Fury Road
Their chant of, “live, die, live again!” speaks to a universal longing. Many would-be saviors exploit this longing, but we believe in and follow a Messiah who sacrificed His body and blood to satisfy it...

Mad Max: Fury Road - Alternate Take

Steven Vredenburgh
Mad Max: Fury Road - Alternate Take
The question that hangs over the movie is “Who killed the world?” In the world of Mad Max, we are shown the way men contribute to the world’s death through the dehumanization of others...

Avengers: Age of Ultron - Alternate Take

Elijah Davidson
Avengers: Age of Ultron - Alternate Take
If these Marvel movies are indeed the most popular and therefore most revelatory stories of our day, we can draw a few conclusions from Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Kevin Nye
Avengers: Age of Ultron
I found the film most poignant in its conversation about fear, and what it causes us to do.

Ex Machina - Alternate Take

Elijah Davidson
Ex Machina - Alternate Take
While Ex Machina’s third act is harrowing, it’s also the point that the film where I began to feel… hoodwinked.

Monkey Kingdom

Elijah Davidson
Monkey Kingdom
Cinema excels at engendering empathy. Movies allow us to feel what someone else feels. Cinematic tools can also be used to do the opposite – they can be used to force perspective onto a movie’s subject. Whether it is intentional or not, there is a deep antipathy at work when movies force perspective in this way.
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