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Movie Review: The Pyramid

Movie Review: The Pyramid

Directed by Gregory Levasseur and released in 2014, The Pyramid follows found footage style cinematography as a father-daughter team of archaeologists investigate a buried pyramid in the midst of Egyptian protests. Starring Denis O’Hare as Holden and Ashley Hinshaw as his daughter Nora, the team ventures down into the depths of the unknown and could very well not make it back out alive, as the trailer shows. Admittedly, I have lost my fascination with found footage films, especially horror. Having seen a few of the films, I find they follow similar patterns.  While I do appreciate some horror films, I enjoy psychological thrills more...

True Detective: A Comparison of Seasons

True Detective: A Comparison of Seasons

  Knowing the second season of True Detective would soon air, I crunched time to be able to watch the first season before the new one dropped. I had heard so much excitement and fervor over it. And I was not disappointed. The first season wove an intricate tale or warring partners, their complicated lives, and a killer boosted by religious idolatry. I became easily obsessed with the phenomenal acting, exquisite cinematography, and fantastic soundtrack. So once I finished it, I began anxiously awaiting the next season. I was pleased with the casting and expecting to be blown out of the water. Oh boy, I was pretty disappointed. In my...

Movie Review: Kill the Messenger

Movie Review: Kill the Messenger

“National security and crack cocaine in the same sentence. Does that not sound strange to you?”  Based on the real story of Gary Webb, Kill the Messenger approaches the life of a man who is trying to tell the truth and how the government and press attempt to destroy him.  The film opens with real news-reel footage rolling.  This theme continues throughout the film and splices bits of reality in with the pseudo reality of Hollywood telling a true story.  Gary Webb, played by Jeremy Renner, gets a mysterious call from a woman claiming to have information about government involvement in drug pushing in Los Angeles.  At first...

A Focus on Sexuality in Westeros

A Focus on Sexuality in Westeros

HBO has never shied away from sex in its programming.  Real Sex, Cathouse, and Sex and the City are just a few examples of how much HBO doesn’t hesitate to use sex as a plot device.  Plenty of other shows include sex, however, it isn’t the main topic.  Game of Thrones is one such program. Affairs, rape, prostitution, and casual sex appear quite frequently.  And that is only the heterosexual side of the coin!  Bisexuality and homosexuality also make appearances.  Let’s not forget about the twincest either! But why is it so important?  In the grand context of George R.R. Martin’s stories, sex is rarely the important piece of...

Game of Thrones: “Kill the Boy”

Game of Thrones: “Kill the Boy”

While Sunday’s episode name might be all about the men, the actual episode was teeming with women being in power.  In Meereen, Dany is showing the Masters and the Sons of the Harpy that she means business and revenge for the death of her esteemed friend (RIP Ser Barristan Selmy).  Back in Winterfell, Sansa is keeping calm and collected in the presence of people who murdered her family.  Even Ramsay’s girlfriend is being political and sizing up Sansa.  But our Lady of the North isn’t entirely alone, since “the North remembers” and Brienne is watching from afar.  Though they weren’t shown in the...

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