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TSR Blog: How ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 1′ Loses to the Tyranny of Split Finales

TSR Blog: How ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 1′ Loses to the Tyranny of Split Finales

The following contains spoilers for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 1. If the last five minutes of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire were like clinging to a pole for dear life with one arm and a whole lot of daddy issues this side of The Empire Strikes Back, its followup The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 1 is like watching one […]

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TSR Blog: ‘The Equalizer’ and Other Middle-Aged Men with a Particular Set of Skills

TSR Blog: ‘The Equalizer’ and Other Middle-Aged Men with a Particular Set of Skills

“If you’re looking for ransom, I can tell you that I don’t have any money. What I do have, are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career, skills that make me a nightmare for people like you.”  – Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson), Taken When Liam Neeson was playing telephone with bad guys […]

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TSR Blog: ‘Tusk’ as Failed Dark Comedy

TSR Blog: ‘Tusk’ as Failed Dark Comedy

The following contains spoilers to Tusk.  Dark comedy is a rich blend of pathos and macabre, and one that requires a tactful balance to be of good taste. (I’m trying to make this analogy, and yet I do not drink coffee.) For a dark comedy to work in a film, the time spent enriching a character has to be a […]

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TSR Blog: How Rian Johnson Will Try to Con the ‘Star Wars’ Galaxy

TSR Blog: How Rian Johnson Will Try to Con the ‘Star Wars’ Galaxy

After securing an audience with a stark high school noir film named Brick, writer/director Rian Johnson professed his loving perspective of his viewers by framing himself in his next movie as a con man. In The Brothers Bloom, Mark Ruffalo played Stephen, a fabulist who concocts his cons like fantastical narratives, while treating marks as members of an audience whose happiness is […]

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TSR Blog: Cameos for Sale, TMZ, and More: How ‘Veronica Mars’ Investigates Film in 2014

TSR Blog: Cameos for Sale, TMZ, and More: How ‘Veronica Mars’ Investigates Film in 2014

The zeitgeist within Veronica Mars’ resurrection as a major motion picture reflects directly onto film’s current state. Fans may delight in the sleuthing shenanigans that abound in co-writer/director Rob Thomas’ Veronica Mars, replete with its billion cameos and its seance-like atmosphere. But as an outsider to Mars’ world of Neptune, CA, I was struck more by the film’s observance on […]

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TSR Blog: ‘Non-Stop’ and Why It’s Safe for Movie Planes to Crash Again

TSR Blog: ‘Non-Stop’ and Why It’s Safe for Movie Planes to Crash Again

Through films like Flightplan, Soul Plane, and White House Down, it has taken over a decade for Hollywood to arrive at Non-Stop. Showing the vitality of Liam Neeson carrying a gun and a broken heart, Non-Stop recently gave the new action hero one of his biggest box office weekends so far. Involving an air marshal using a particular set of […]

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TSR Blog: The Philip Seymour Hoffman Generation

TSR Blog: The Philip Seymour Hoffman Generation

In a way I am not sure I have ever felt before, for a figure I do not know personally, I am still trying to comprehend Philip Seymour Hoffman’s passing. When we grow with artists, we do not just identify with them, or become “fans.” We love these artists, anticipate our experiences with them, and similarly better understand the potential […]

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TSR Blog: Chicago Interational Film Festival 2013 Review Wrapup, Including ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ and ‘Wolfskinder’

TSR Blog: Chicago Interational Film Festival 2013 Review Wrapup, Including ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ and ‘Wolfskinder’

The 49th Annual Chicago International Film Festival comes to a close tonight, but not without some special discoveries to be seen. I was lucky enough to catch the latest film from the Coen Brothers, Inside Llewyn Davis, and was glad I took a chance on Wolfskinder, a worthy nominee in the “New Directors Competition.” After hearing Jeff Bayer and Eric […]

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TSR Blog: ‘The Wolverine’ and the Curse of Eternity

TSR Blog: ‘The Wolverine’ and the Curse of Eternity

The one thing I took away from reading “Tuck Everlasting” in middle school is that living forever would suck. Not simply because I hate moving and would get tired of it after a thousand years, but because death is an essential aspect to the gravity of life. An end, or even just a tiny sense that there may be an […]

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TSR Blog: Nick Allen Recaps Oscar Night with Points, Plus & Minus, Pt. III

TSR Blog: Nick Allen Recaps Oscar Night with Points, Plus & Minus, Pt. III

As it has become a new tradition for the Oscars to lack truly memorable moments either good or bad, so has it become a tradition for me to analyze the night before it fleets from everyone’s water-cooler discussion topics. Don’t forget to read Shane T. Nier’s own recap of Oscar night, which is in the form of a Top 7 […]

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