Ms. Silver Screen: Explosive Summer Blockbusters

Now that summer is officially here and heating things up – albeit sporadically (crazy Chicago weather) – the cinema is heating up as well. We should all celebrate the fact that we made it through movie theater death – January through April at the theaters – with a look back at the hottest summer blockbusters of all time. Let’s start things […]

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Cinematic Soulmates: Ran and Once Upon a Time in the West

Sometimes, the connections between two films are obvious, but there are other times when a little digging is required to find a common thread that links them.  This can often yield even greater rewards, as it can open up entirely new ways of looking at both films, and can unlock things that you didn’t even realize were there.   That brings […]

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Great Moments in Cinema: Inglourious Basterds

Since the beginning of cinema, there have been movies about movies.  From Sherlock Jr. to Singin’ in the Rain to The Three Amigos, filmmakers have long been obsessed with looking inward at their own profession, and exploring the power of the medium.  Indeed, countless miles of celluloid have been expended in the effort to examine the myriad ways in which […]

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Great Moments in Cinema: There Will Be Blood

Throughout the history of cinema, filmmakers have striven to create memorable moments that will live on long after they are gone.  As a result, there have been countless indelible moments, scenes, and sequences that have left lasting imprints on the cinematic landscape, and given us some of our most powerful pop cultural iconography.  Sometimes these moments are quiet and restrained, […]

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Cinematic Soulmates: Iron Man and Robocop

The concept of the double feature may have fallen out of favor as a business model, but it endures among hardcore film fans because there are films that complement one another so perfectly that when they are taken together, the viewing experience becomes twice as rich and rewarding.  Sometimes, the connections between two films are obvious, but there are other […]

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