Review: “Jurassic World” aka Scientists Are Idiots

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It’s difficult to imagine a world where “de-extinction” is so commonplace that the existence of living, breathing dinosaurs no longer carries the “wow factor” anymore. But in the ambiguously futuristic Jurassic World, it’s true: dinosaurs are passé.

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Review: The Off-Kilter World of “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”

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Sundance darling Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is every bit as quirky as its title suggests. In short, self-deprecating high school senior Greg (Thomas Mann), who fancies himself an island in a sea of cliques and caricatures, is coerced by his mother into befriending his classmate Rachel (Olivia Cooke) after she is diagnosed with leukemia. It has all the makings of a shlocky, The Fault In Our Stars knock-off. And yet, the sum far exceeds its parts.

5 Most Aesthetically Pleasing Movies

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Hey everyone! I’ve decided to start this blog for my musings about movies (and, on occasion, TV). And for my first post, I wanted to talk about that quality that so many of my favorite movies have — visual appeal. I love a director with a unique eye—Sofia Coppola’s languid, low-contrast femininity, Wes Anderson’s sharp right angles, Joe Wright’s lavish period pieces. For me, a film is as much about the visual sensory experience as it is about the plot.

Not quite cinematography, and more than just production design, what makes a film visually/aesthetically stunning is hard to pin down. It’s a combination of color, framing, visual complexity, and a little dose of movie magic. In no particular order, here are five films that most take my breath away.