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Monthly Archives: December 2014

DOPE Digest Vol. 22 – Christmas Edition! w/ Ariana Grande, New Found Glory, Sufjan Stevens and MORE!

Ariana Grande – Santa Tell Me     BK: This video is kuh-yute, with a capital ‘KUH’. They seem to be going for some of the homemade charm that made the original ‘Call Me Maybe‘ such a hit, and it works pretty well (though I think the outtakes don’t do her any favors to dispel […]

Terror and Taboo: Analyzing The Babadook

As the buzz surrounding Jennifer Kent’s debut feature The Babadook continues, horror fans would be forgiven for their skepticism. The praise is reaching critical mass. Director William Friedkin (The Exorcist) has “never seen a more terrifying film.” Stephen King has called it “deeply disturbing and highly recommended.” It has a near-perfect rating on Rotten Tomatoes, […]

DOPE Digest vol. 21 – Star Wars, Taylor Swift, Drake and MORE

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens Trailer syvo: OK everyone, don’t eeeeeven front. This trailer had you pumped. Even if you think the “broadsword” lightsaber design is stupid (well, it kinda is), even if you’re one of those people with nothing to say about J.J. Abrams other than “lens-flare,” even if you were put off by […]

Jason Aaron Comics and the Dialectic of Character and Culture

“It is folly to believe that you can bring the psychology of an individual successfully to life without putting him very firmly in a social setting.” -Tom Wolfe Tweet

God is In the TV: Achieving Social Reality in Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler

At its surface, Dan Gilroy’s debut feature Nightcrawler provides terribly pedestrian commentary on the moral vicissitudes of so-called modern media sensationalism. When freelance video-journalist Louis Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) first meets jaded TV executrix Nina Romnia (Rene Russo), the latter describes her professional-aesthetic ideal to be “a screaming woman running down the street with her throat […]