Clipography: A Look Into the Versatility of Texas Caught on Film

August 15th, 2016 | Film Stories, Reviews | 0 Comment

James Cole Clay// Film Critic I’m a native son of Texas-- and while never reaching the red-blooded, gun-toting hunter that is often celebrated around these parts, it’s always fun to feel like a bit of an outsider while easily slipping back into that Southern drawl. With the release of the highly-praised Texas neo-western HELL OR HIGH WATER over the weekend, it got me thinking about how diverse the types of films are that are shot, or take place in Texas. ...


A Look Deeper into the Carnage of ‘THE PURGE : ELECTION YEAR’

July 1st, 2016 | Film Stories, Movie Review, Reviews | 0 Comment

James Cole Clay//Film Critic The following contains mild spoilers for THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR A few critics and colleagues who saw the third film in THE PURGE series, THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR had an adverse reaction to the theatrics and brutality of the film. While it's far from being a masterpiece, with a few certain criticisms valid, I responded to the film quite positively. If you aren’t aware of this thriller, it’s about a world where crime is ...


An In-Depth Look: ZOOTOPIA’s surprisingly fresh take on race relations

March 5th, 2016 | Film Stories | 0 Comment

James Cole Clay // Film Critic ZOOTOPIA could have been a cutesy “Disney Animated Classic” (in)complete with cuddly CG creatures, animal stereotypes and it would make $200 million easily. We’ve all seen these movies and they’re great, but it’s time for something new. What Disney decided to do with their most thought-provoking effort in the past decade is raise a consciousness for an issue our country is currently dealing with: race relations. (Note: ...