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Gatsby Not So Great — The Dangers of Adapting a Book to the Screen (Review of The Great Gatsby)

Gatsby Not So Great — The Dangers of Adapting a Book to the Screen (Review of The Great Gatsby) by Brad Windhauser I watch a little TV, and mostly I end up watching singing competitions like The Voice and The X Factor.  Like most people, I get sad pleasure out of watching contestant hopefuls butcher […]

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The Way, Way Back: A Love Letter To Actors Everywhere (Review)

By Jennie Jarvis This evening, I had the opportunity to attend an advance screening of the film The Way, Way Back, which will open in theaters everywhere on July 5th. If you follow film news at all, then you probably know that this film was the biggest acquisition at the Sundance Film Festival and it […]

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Trance: A Mosaic of Memory (Review)

By Jennie Jarvis I can’t tell you how many times I have seen beginning screenwriters cling to the notion that they HAVE to use flashbacks in their work in order to tell their story. “How else can I show that my character’s actions are motivated by the fact that she was molested by her father/neighbor/uncle/priest/clown […]

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Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never let Me Go (Review)

Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never let Me Go Some books take their time drawing you in.  Kazuo Ishiguro’s dystopian novel Never Let Me Go is a perfect example, though once it has you, it carries you on an emotionally satisfying (and at times touching and sad) journey. It’s hard to discuss the book without revealing a few […]

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The Dark Knight Rises (Review)

Recently released on DVD, Blu-ray, iTunes, etc. (Dec. 4th, actually), Christopher Nolan’s fantastic The Dark Knight Rises arrives with more than a few lessons on ambitious movie-making and storytelling.  Some critics—professional and amateur—have embraced this film for the thrill ride it is (or at least at times can be); others deride the film for being […]

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Looking at the Medium Picture: Lincoln (Review)

By Jennie Jarvis Tonight, I had the rare opportunity to attend a sneak preview of the new Steven Spielberg film Lincoln, currently scheduled for a November 16th release. The film follows the infamous Abraham Lincoln in his last few months of life as he attempts to get the House to approve the 13th Amendment, which […]

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A Lesson In Screenwriting: Snow White and the Huntsman (A Review)

By Jennie Jarvis Tonight, I finally got a chance to see a film that I’ve been excited about since I saw the first trailer. With images beautifully shot, costumes stunningly designed, sets built with perfection, and Charlize Theron throwing herself completely into a role that she was born to play, Snow White and the Huntsman […]

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Building A World With Ridley Scott: Prometheus (Review)

By Jennie Jarvis When the teaser trailers for Prometheus started coming out months ago, a good friend of mine nearly jumped out of her seat in the theater. Not only did she adore the first two Alien films (and adamantly pretended that the third and fourth ones didn’t exist), but she also loved the worlds […]

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Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84 (Review)

1Q84 Author’s doorstop of a novel, Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84 is nothing if not ambitious in its scope and heft. At times thrilling, at times boring, the story follows the separate—albeit connected—storylines of Aomame and Tengo, two 29-year-old residents of Tokyo.  Aomame is an emotionally walled-off woman who works as a personal trainer, specializing in self-defense.  […]

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The Horrors and Hilarity of Meta: A Cabin in the Woods (Review)

By Jennie Jarvis I have always loved discovering films that make me feel smart.  Whether it’s a complicated thriller where I’m able to figure out the “twist” ending before it occurs or an overly academic art film where I get all the random references to Elizabethan playwrights, I love feeling slightly smarter than the other […]

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