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About Chris McEwen

Chris McEwen spent his formative years in New Jersey, though he'd prefer if you didn't hold that against him. He has large portions of The Big Lebowski committed to memory and is probably eating a Dos Toros burrito right now.

Organize Your Halloween Movies By Decades Of Nostalgia

October 31, 2013 3:50 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Even if you really hate getting scared, you owe it to yourself to watch a scary movie on Halloween. Now, whether the deepest cut you’ll indulge is The Nightmare Before Christmas or you consider Cannibal Holocaust child’s play, it’s your own prerogative to approach Halloween with varying levels of horror intensity. But even with that out of the way, there... View Article

The New York Film Festival Is Really Nice, Except For When It Isn’t

October 16, 2013 12:32 pm Published by 2 Comments

On paper, everything about the 51st New York Film Festival was ideal. The film selection itself was top notch, as the festival opened on a shot of pure, socially conscious adrenaline in the form of Paul Greengrass’ Captain Phillips and came in for a gentle landing with Spike Jonze’s emotionally devastating satire of modern romance, Her. Alice Tully Hall, which... View Article

So, About That Breaking Bad Finale

September 30, 2013 11:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

There’s a fine art to obliquity. It just happens to be one that Breaking Bad has never been particularly interested in. That’s not to say that the show is without nuance on any level, particularly a thematic one. However, for a series so interested in the moral ambiguity of right and wrong, black and white (and Gray), and the thousand... View Article

All The Boys Love Mandy Lane, And Now You Finally Can Too

September 20, 2013 2:00 pm Published by 1 Comment

Following the commercial and critical successes of director Jonathan Levine’s last two films – 50/50 and Warm Bodies – his latest release, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, can’t help but feel like a step down in scale. The truth of the matter is though, Levine hasn’t stepped anything down at all for Mandy Lane, which is now available on... View Article

NYU Local’s Fall Movie Preview, Organized by Accents

September 3, 2013 12:38 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Nothing says “Oscar season” like attention grabbing performance tics. Of course, when you can’t dramatically alter your face with prosthetics or play a nobly assassinated historical figure, things tend to get trickier. However, there’s always a fail safe – whip out a wild card of an accent. As such, we’ve decided to focus this year’s fall movie preview around the... View Article

It’s Definitely Gatsby, It’s Just That The “Great” Part Is Debatable

May 16, 2013 11:00 am Published by 1 Comment

It isn’t all that surprising that Baz Luhrmann’s expectedly gaudy, confetti-laden 3D adaptation of The Great Gatsby is most entertaining when it least resembles The Great Gatsby. Yet what is rather stunning – considering the prominence of Luhrmann’s maximalist, modern stylization at work (get out ya seat, Hov) – is just what a literal adaptation this is. No, it’s not... View Article

Books We Read In High School That Actually Made For Good Movie Adaptations

May 10, 2013 2:45 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The Great Gatsby finally hits theaters today, presumably leaving behind a trail of 3D confetti explosions and Jay-Z-approved companion albums in its wake. However, while word so far is decidedly split on Baz Luhrmann’s ultra ostentatious adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic, the relentless hype around the film’s release has served as a nice reminder that there are other... View Article

Iron Man 3 Is The Best Marvel Movie Yet Because It Doesn’t Feel Like A Marvel Movie

May 6, 2013 12:30 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The first Iron Man was such a shot in the arm because it was a comic book movie that felt like it wasn’t beholden to the tropes of comic book movies. Anchored by a magnetic lead performance from a freshly sober Robert Downey Jr., this was a hedonistic superhero with more in common with James Bond than a spandex-clad do-gooder.... View Article

Summer Movie Pair-Offs: What Before Midnight and Fast And Furious 6 Have In Common

May 2, 2013 11:45 am Published by Leave your thoughts

With Iron Man 3 hitting theaters tomorrow, the summer movie season is here–that magical time when movies that are best seen with a bag of popcorn and a slushee the size of a kiddie pool flood multiplexes. However, there are a ton of movies opening this summer, so much so that breaking down each one individually might take a while.... View Article

Pain and Gain Is Michael Bay’s Roided-Out Parody Of A Michael Bay Film

April 29, 2013 2:00 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

In the build-up to Pain and Gain’s release, much has been made over director Michael Bay’s description of the film as “a small character piece” that would allow him to go back to filmmaking basics. Of course, there’s something inherently, and for a maximalist in the tradition of Bay, fittingly absurd about approaching a splashy crime comedy about homicidal bodybuilders... View Article

Get Pumped Up On Your Michael Bay Knowledge Before Pain and Gain

April 26, 2013 11:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Today’s the day. Pain and Gain finally hits theaters, and if you’ve ever wanted to see The Rock play a “cokehead Jesus-loving goofball criminal,” this is your chance. Never mind that the real story (yes, this actually is based on a true story) is an alternatively nauseating and darkly hilarious crime saga about the worst of human behavior. Leave it... View Article

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