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On Boyhood

I’ll get the review out of the way early, by way of a lite confession: I love most movies and Boyhood is no exception. It’s probably not great for a would-be critic and pop culture curator (icon??) like myself to be giddy every time I enter a theater, but it’s the truth. My mom says […]

Only Lovers Left Alive and Jim Jarmusch’s Aural Aesthetic

The common cliché is that all actors want to direct, and all directors want to act. But legendary indie director Jim Jarmusch doesn’t want to act –he wants to rock. For decades, Jarmusch’s uncompromisingly independent filmmaking philosophy has inspired generations of radicalized film students, but music seems to be the man’s true passion. He has […]

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

FILM REVIEW: The Wolf of Wall Street

I’ve always thought of finance as a form of alchemy. It involves the arcane manipulation of ancient symbology (i.e. “numbers”) in order to turn shit into gold, and sometimes back again. It is a mysterious Dark Art that some find intriguing and intoxicating, and others find it bewildering or disgusting. Finance is at best the […]

CHRISTMAS FILMS: a syvology roundtable discussion

With the holiday season in full effect this week, we wanted to take a moment to share our thoughts on everyone’s favorite seasonal genre: Christmas movies. White Christmas (1954) By Braden King In recent years, starting with the release of X-Men on DVD in 2000 and continuing with the parade of superhero movies that have followed, my […]

REVIEW: The Hobbit – The Desolation of Smaug

By Dan Binazeski A review containing a fairly high amount of passion and spoilers – you’ve been warned. I’d like to take the time to prove how much of an enthusiast I am for J.R.R. Tolkien’s works. But for the sake of time, I won’t bore you. If you’re reading this, I’ll just have to […]

GUEST COMMENTARY: Braden King – A Love Letter to the Cornetto Trilogy

Syvology is PROUD TO PRESENT a very special guest commentator for your intellectual enjoyment: BRADEN KING! My roommate and I were running late for the 8:30pm showing of The World’s End on Friday. Late by my standards at least. We took our seats at 8:23ish and didn’t miss the previews. We were, however, stuck in the second […]