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Off the Beaten Path | Top of the Lake

For this (rather elephantine and spoiler filled) installment of Off the Beaten Path, I cover one of the best and darkest crime-miniseries of the last 10 years.

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and The Psychology of Rewatching – Part 2

We are choosing to watch things over and over again, the stories that we know the endings to, but still excite us.

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Wet Hot American Summer: Dumb, Fun, Smart, and Dumb

  Wet Hot American Summer (2001) written by Michael Showwalter and David Wain is a comedy that will bring you back to summer camp instantly. …

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The Only Thing More Disappointing than Men…

How Do You Know is the most anti-feminist piece of blockbuster entertainment in the most recent decade.

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My Thoughts: Shazam!

Hello party people, So this week I decided to treat myself to a personally long-awaited superhero movie-watch, Shazam! (2019), directed by David F. Sandberg. Going …

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“Whatcha Eating?”: What I learned from Jûzô Itami’s ‘Tampopo’ (1985)

An (hopefully) educational and (hopefully) engaging look at some of the filmmaking lessons to be found in Jûzô Itami’s ‘Tampopo’ (1985).

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Justin Jackola Reaches Deal with Cinedigm to Distribute “Hunter’s Creed” Starring Dog the Bounty Hunter

Chicago-based filmmaker Justin Jackola, founder of Chicago-based production company JJack Productions has reached a deal with Cinedigm to distribute his feature film starring Duane “Dog” Chapman, known for his work on TV show Dog the Bounty Hunter. 

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and The Psychology of Rewatching – Part 1

As millions of people fled into their homes, we were suddenly forced to face our own minds, and for many, this meant facing the things we had been using our busy lives as an excuse to run away from.

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Are you working on Chicago’s next great short film? (First deadline on July 31st)

Eleven04’s First Backer Initiative is a massive support package aimed at empowering Chicago’s indie film community.

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“Jump for joy with Myrna Loy!”: What I learned from W.S. Van Dyke’s ‘The Thin Man’ (1934)

An (hopefully) educational and (hopefully) engaging look at some of the filmmaking lessons to be found in W.S. Van Dyke’s ‘The Thin Man’ (1934).

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Strange & Unusual: What I learned from Tim Burton’s ‘Beetlejuice’ (1988)

An (hopefully) educational and (hopefully) engaging look at some of the filmmaking lessons to be found in Tim Burton’s ‘Beetlejuice’ (1988).

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My Thoughts: Knives Out

Knives Out (2019), written and directed by Rian Johnson is easily my favorite “Who Done It?” film since Scream. It pretty much has all you need, a southern P.I. with a smooth and deep voice, a cast of campy characters full of intentions that are anything but good, and a kind-eyed innocent, individual whose moral compass guides her to the treasure at the end of the map.

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