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42: History and Cinema

Since the end of the nineteenth century, baseball has been one of America’s greatest pastimes.  It persevered through two world wars, the Great Depression, countless other economic struggles, and most notably, lengthy and severe domestic social conflicts.  In 1947, the ideals of racial desegregation, equality, and the Civil Rights Movement clashed with American baseball, creating…

Zero Dark Thirty

Review: Zero Dark Thirty

Director Kathryn Bigelow is known for her focus on violence when it comes to making films; her first short, The Set up (1978) focused on the graph of violence in motion pictures. Afterwards, violence in her films became the kind of style that as a film-maker she learned to venerate. Bigelow mainly consecrates her attention…

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Cinema: The Cinematic Anger

I was still in my teenage years, perhaps fifteen or sixteen, when my eyes were first introduced to Pulp Fiction; Reservoir Dogs and films like Scarface. Innocent eyes, I should say. Not because parents didn’t care about the MPAA and the definition of the R, PG, G, NC-17 etc, and films to me were always…

Killing Them softly

Review: ‘Killing Them Softly’

I enjoy the work of film-makers who dare to take risks. When they go in their own way and make a film with absolute artistic freedom without looking over their shoulder constantly. Names like Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan are the perfect artists to mention, and not to forget the promising names like Rian Johnson, Ben…