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The Culture Vulture: Why We Pull For the Movie Villains

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by Nick Leshi I finally saw the movie Chronicle. Although it wasn’t perfect, it was still very entertaining. It is another found-footage film, and although it would have probably worked fine (maybe even better) without the gimmick, it managed to use multiple point-of-view cameras to good effect. The story itself was an interesting cinematic take on the superhero genre, more [...]

March 26th, 2012 | Posted in Arts & Leisure,Featured,Movie Reviews,The Culture Vulture | Read More »

The Culture Vulture: Movie Review—Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

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by William Belle If somebody says “spy movie” the first thing which comes to mind is James Bond. Yep, car chases, million dollar gambling in Monte Carlo and gadgets that do all sorts of nifty things. But did the movie producers of the Bond films or even Ian Fleming for that matter actually capture the [...]

December 30th, 2011 | Posted in Arts & Leisure,Featured,Movie Reviews | Read More »

The Culture Vulture: Movie Review—The Descendants

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by William Belle I’m repeating myself. (Repeating yourself is a sign of senility. If I’ve said that once, I’ve said it a thousand times.) The best films I’ve seen do not necessarily involve a car chase scene. The special effects are minimal and the focus is on the story and the characters. Clocking in at [...]

December 9th, 2011 | Posted in Arts & Leisure,Featured,Movie Reviews | Read More »

The Culture Vulture: Gangster Movie Madness

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by Nick Leshi Even though they are often fraught with stereotypes, gangster movies are still one of my all-time guilty pleasures.  Some of my favorite films are in that genre: The Godfather, Carlito’s Way, Goodfellas, Donnie Brasco, TV’s The Sopranos, and countless others.  Hollywood is a slave to trends, and it looks like a swarm of mob movies are coming [...]

November 30th, 2011 | Posted in Arts & Leisure,Featured,Movie Reviews,The Culture Vulture | Read More »

Culture Vulture: IN TIME—A Movie Metaphor for the OWS Movement

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by Nick Leshi The new science fiction movie “In Time” opened and I had high hopes. It was written and directed by Andrew Niccol, the guy responsible for “Gattaca,” one of my favorites, and it stars the multi-talented Justin Timberlake who continues to surprise me, the stunning Amanda Seyfried, and the never-disappointing Cillian Murphy. The [...]

November 25th, 2011 | Posted in Arts & Leisure,Featured,Movie Reviews | Read More »

The Culture Vulture: Movie Review — “Moneyball” [With A Poll]

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by William Belle This is a great film and I’m no sports nut. In fact, you don’t really have to know much about baseball to get into the story as this is more of your classic underdog trying to win by beating the system by going against the grain. “Moneyball” is based on Michael Lewis’s [...]

November 3rd, 2011 | Posted in Featured,Movie Reviews,The Culture Vulture | Read More »

The Culture Vulture: Movie Review — “The Ides of March” [With A Poll]

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by William Belle A drama about politics is nothing new if one thinks of similar movies like “Nixon” (1995) or “Primary Colors” (1998). But what is this movie telling us, if anything? As a run-up to the 2012 elections in the United States, it is a reminder that while politics is supposed to be about [...]

October 12th, 2011 | Posted in Arts & Leisure,Featured,Movie Reviews | Read More »

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