‘MOANA’ and the culture consciousness in animation

December 1st, 2016 | Film Stories, Reviews | 0 Comment

Jared McMillan // Film Critic Coming as a surprise to nobody, the big hit at the movies this Thanksgiving was Disney’s MOANA. The story of a teenage Polynesian girl on an independent quest to save her people is highlighted by an upbeat vibe, songs that serve purpose to the showcased heritage, and a beautiful color palette. As of this writing, it has grossed over $85 million domestically so far, and is a smash hit with critics as well. However, it’s also the ...

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5 Reasons to get excited about ‘THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN’

October 7th, 2016 | Film Stories, Movie Review | 0 Comment

James Cole Clay//Film Critic Hitting theaters this week is THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, which is based on the popular book of the same name. Now it’s always exciting for us as book lovers to have a film adaption based on a sumptuous novel for adults. It’s just refreshing when a book-turned-movie is getting major attention doesn’t have a dystopian love triangle or werewolves. To put it into context, the story is somewhere in the middle of GONE GIRL and 50 ...

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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. ...

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