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Monthly Archives: February 2014

DOPE Digest Special Edition: 2014 Oscars Editors’ Picks

For film buffs, this Sunday is the Super Bowl. Sure, any movie freak worth his salt will tell you that Oscars aren’t everything. Even still, it’s undeniable that the Academy Awards ceremony, for all its problems and drawbacks, still commands significant pop-cultural prestige and significance. Yes, they mean nothing. But they also mean everything. Tweet

Unpacking the Oscar-Nominated Live Action Shorts

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending a screening of the Oscar-nominated live action short films at Williamsburg’s charming and cozy Nitehawk Cinema. This category has always been completely irrelevant to me in past years, and it probably still is for you. But, ya know, it doesn’t have to be that way. […]

FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Netflix’s House of Cards, Season 2

First Impressions takes a look at new and returning TV shows, just as they’re kicking off. We fill you in, spoiler-free. It’s been roughly one week (and two weekends) since Netflix dropped season two of its flagship title House of Cards. That means that some of us have started it, some of us are saving it […]

DOPE Digest vol. 5 – Kate Upton, Coasts, Marvel Comics Movies, and MORE!

DOPE Digest is a weekly roundup of pop culture miscellany, with succinct analysis from our contributors. Kate Upton and…Science syvo: First, there was Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Then, more recently, we got Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity. Now this. I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that this will be the coolest video you will watch […]

Oscar Isaac and Inside Llewyn Davis: the benefits of being snubbed

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) is one of the best films of the year and Oscar Isaac gives an incredible performance as the title character. He is responsible for carrying the emotional weight of the film while remaining unaffected and cynical on the surface. At times both painfully funny and tragically poignant, Isaac’s performance and the direction […]

MUSIC REVIEW: Katy B – Little Red

There is a crew of cool people in the UK who are gaining mainstream popularity within the genre that is lately being described with any combination of the terms electro-soul/R&B/garage/dance-pop, etc. It’s a type of melodic, hook-heavy electronic/dance music that, until recently, had the sort of ‘90s-techno cheese factor that gets banished to the last […]

Rick Spears and James Callahan Deconstruct Creativity in The Auteur

 “There are no works, there are only auteurs.” -Jean Giraudoux In 1954, François Truffaut coined the phrase la politique des auteurs. So-called “auteur theory” is an ideologically individualist approach to film criticism that reformed both academic and popular approaches to cinema. Without undue digression, auteur theory can be understood as simply the idea that films […]

DOPE Digest vol. 4 – Transformers! Ellie Goulding! Broken Bells! And much more…

DOPE Digest is a weekly roundup of pop culture miscellany, with succinct analysis from our contributors. Broken Bells – Holding on For Life syvo: So I saw this on at the gym the other day, and was like, “Hey! That’s Kate Mara.” It made me really want House of Cards back. The video is actually pretty […]

MUSIC REVIEW: Dum Dum Girls – Too True

Too True is the third LP from the Dum Dum Girls. It’s 30 minutes long, it has ten songs, and it is really good. I’m such a huge fan of the Dum Dum Girls that I had to get these factual banalities out of the way at the top of the review before I get […]