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About: andyzach

Hey! My name is Andy Zachariason and I'm a film studies graduate. I love film criticism and these are my thoughts and opinions on films past, present, and future. I try to review films objectively and subjectively use my own insights to offer analysis and personal opinion. I love discussing films, so drop a message if you want to chat. Stop and look around a while!
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Ready Player One and the Cost of Creation

“Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!’
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.”
*Cue popular 80s song

With Jurassic Park (1993), Steven Spielberg created the decade’s grandest popcorn adventure, while […]

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The Best Films of 2017 (according to me)

I won’t do that opening paragraph about the year’s movies and try to make some statement about film or whatever, but I will declare that Twin Peaks: The Return was by far the best thing I saw in 2017.
I made […]

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Phantom Thread

10 years after the monumental There Will Be Blood, Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis return with a haunted romance that blossoms inside of a locked chamber piece. It’s one of the year’s best films. Grade: (A-) http://www.filmlandempire.com/2018/01/phantom-thread-by-paul-thomas-anderson.html  
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The Anti Star Wars of The Last Jedi

“This is not going to go the way you think” Luke tells Rey, and in turn, the audience. Indeed it does not. The Last Jedi is a postmodern—near arthouse entry—into Hollywood’s most famous franchise. Surprisingly, it’s proved to be a […]

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Destroying Success, and the American Town as a Biblical Fable

The Disaster Artist
director: James Franco
If you can believe it (I still can’t), there is now a movie about disastrous movie dictator Tommy Wiseau, director of The Room, the worst movie ever made. James Franco’s long been known as an artist that […]

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November Cinema

Wonderstruck – Whatever Todd Haynes followed up Carol with was gonna be a step down. Wonderstruck is an adaptation of Brian Selznick’s novel of the same name. The aesthetic shifts between periods — a 1920s silent black and white story […]

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“I need the old Blade Runner” – 2049 Review

Poster by Paul Shipper
That a sequel to Blade Runner exists is both a bizarre movie miracle and a curse. The road to Blade Runner‘s status of an undisputed monumental classic has been a strange one. Initially met with a cold reception, […]

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Almost Heaven Movie Review

If you’re visiting or living in London, be sure to check out first time director Carol Salter’s documentary about a teenager training to be a mortician in China. Besides exploring a unique world and subject, it might be the best […]

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IT

Equal parts Goonies, Gremlins, Stand By Me, and a little Evil Dead, IT is chopped up pop entertainment with laughs, scares, and heart. Stephen King’s coming of age adventure has been produced with a blockbuster sheen and a Halloween bow tying together its story […]

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2017 Summer Movie Power Rankings

As the summer sun sets, Bodhi, the king of Summer movies, judges Hollywood’s 2017 offering of popcorn romps and low budget indies.
Not a bad summer. In fact, it was pretty solid. We got a masterpiece, a few near-great, inventive films, […]

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