REVIEW: GET OUT (2017) by Ashley Davis

Anticipation:   3/5    I haven’t seen any trailers for GET OUT. The most I’ve seen is an image of one of the characters crying in a close-up. Everyone is buzzing about it, and I honestly haven’t heard a bad thing. I want to see what the hype is all about. Plus, I’m a huge fan…

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PODCAST: KONG: SKULL ISLAND + GODZILLA (2014) ATLANTICSC S02E04

This week, #AtlanticSC covers KONG: SKULL ISLAND and GODZILLA (2014)! We know we’re a week behind on everyone (3 years for Godzilla!), but we don’t care because of reasons. The films star a huge fucking ape and a giant fucking lizard. Budweiser is in there too. Lastly, we aren’t alone this week because we’re accompanied…

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PODCAST: LOGAN AtlanticSC S02E03

Because #AtlanticSC continuously needs to promote itself as a fresh new podcast to be reckoned with, Jason and Lee chose to do like everyone else and have a discussion about LOGAN, the latest film in the X-Men universe, and Hugh Jackman and Sir Patrick Stewart’s last incarnations of Logan and Professor Charles Xavier, respectively. Enjoy…

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REVIEW: FIST FIGHT by Ashley Davis

Anticipation:  2/5   I feel more compelled to see FIST FIGHT because it’s a movie about teachers rather than because I have a genuine interest in the movie itself. I’m always curious to see how comedies portray the profession versus the dramas and biopics. The trailer did look rather humorous, if a bit dumb, so I’m interested…

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PODCAST: John Wick Chapter 2 AtlanticSC S02E02

This week, Jason and Lee discuss JOHN WICK CHAPTER 2 and all the action, stunts and world-building therein. The film stars the man, the myth, and the legend himself… Peter Stormare.  By the way, Jason screwed up again… he used his cell phone to text during the recording, so at around the one hour mark,…

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PODCAST: AtlanticSC Season 2 Episode 01 M. Night Shyamalan’s SPLIT

#AtlanticSC kicks off its 2nd season with amateurish audio issues… BUT, Jason and Lee have an in-depth talk about M. Night Shyamalan’s latest feature, SPLIT, and his 2004 release, the maligned THE VILLAGE. Both SPLIT and THE VILLAGE star some form of beast, some form of beauty, and… oh wait… what? The conversation becomes somewhat…

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REVIEW: A Monster Calls (2016) by Ashley Davis

Anticipation:   5/5    When I first saw the trailer for A Monster Calls, I thought, “Oh, look, it’s a Groot who can talk.” That thought quickly faded and I was immersed in the visuals, music, and narrative. I’ve been anticipating this one ever since I saw that trailer, and every time since. I know…

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REVIEW: My Scientology Movie (2015) by Mark Putley

Anticipation:    4/5    I was disappointed not to catch My Scientology Movie at the cinema. I have been a long-time admirer of Louis Theroux’s documentaries. I frequently revisit his earlier Weird Weekend series just because each time I watch the peculiar world Louis navigates, I find myself met with a renewed sense of astonishment….

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PODCAST: AtlanticSC Ep.19 Top Films of 2016

Happy New Year! After a short break, #AtlanticSC is ready to kick off 2017 by looking back at their favorite films of 2016. Jason’s and Lee’s respective lists do not necessarily represent what consist of the “best” films of 2016, but rather the films they had the most affection for. Feel free to destroy their…

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PODCAST: AtlanticSC Ep.18 Rogue One A Star Wars Story

This week, Jason and Lee dedicate episode 18 of #AtlanticSC entirely to Star Wars and the new anthology film entitled Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The film stars lots of planets, Forest Whitaker, and a strange, blind squid that can live out of water and has the same powers as Professor X. Episode 18 Breakdown…

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PODCAST: AtlanticSC Ep.17 Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

This week, Jason and Lee suck the joy out of Christmas as they destroy George Seaton’s Miracle on 34th Street. The film stars Macy’s department store, sexism, sexual frustration and psychotherapy. Ho, ho, ho… Your hosts also take a dump on the new Transformers: The Last Knight trailer and Clint Eastwood’s Sully, but have genuinely…

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PODCAST: AtlanticSC Ep.16: Paul Thomas Anderson Retrospective Pt.4 – The Master

For #AtlanticSC‘s complete  Paul Thomas Anderson Retrospective playlist, scroll to the bottom of this page! This week, Jason and Lee are joined by Brendan Cassidy from the InSession Film Podcast to talk about Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master.  The film stars lots of alcohol, multiple lines of questioning, and the New York Times Best Seller “The…

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REVIEW: Arrival (2016)

Anticipation:   4/5   Denis Villeneuve has been unstoppable since Incendies (2010). Sicario was one of the best films of 2015. Produced in part by Shawn Levy, the man behind hit Netflix series Stranger Things (2016), and shot by Bradford Young (Pawn Sacrifice, A Most Violent Year, Selma), Arrival seems to want to bring old school sci-fi…

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REVIEW: I, Daniel Blake (2016) by Mark Putley

Anticipation:     3.5/5    You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, similarly you shouldn’t judge a film by its trailer, and that’s exactly what I did. I saw a trailer for I, Daniel Blake the last time I was at the pictures and I thought ‘yes, that’s going to be a good one.’ I, Daniel…

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REVIEW: The Edge of Seventeen (2016) by Ashley Davis

Anticipation:   3/5   Twitter’s algorithm really wanted me to be aware of this movie. Every eighth tweet in my feed was the same ad for it, the one comparing it to the greatest teen comedies of the last three decades. And since I liked their selection of comparison films, I was compelled to see this…

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PODCAST: AtlanticSC Ep.14: Arrival

Episode 14 of #AtlanticSC has Jason and Lee discussing Denis Villeneuve’s latest hit, the sensational Arrival. The film stars Abbott and Costello and lots of finger painting. Your two favorite hosts also discuss Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Guillermo Del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth, and briefly mention Martin Scorsese’s upcoming Silence. Ep. 14 Breakdown…

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PODCAST: AtlanticSC Ep.12 Doctor Strange

For Episode 12: Doctor Strange, Jason and Lee are accompanied by the guy who wrote the #AtlanticSC theme song, Jason Beaulieu. Doctor Strange is directed by Scott Derrickson and stars Michael Stuhlbarg and Benjamin Bratt. We also discuss two very important documentaries Incarcerating US, and Ava Duvernay’s 13th, and new features The Light Between Oceans and Tom Ford’s…

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REVIEW: Moonlight (2016) by David Hart

Anticipation:     5/5      If you asked me this question just a few months ago, I probably would have responded with, “What’s Moonlight?” This movie seemed to come out of nowhere. But there’s always at least one movie a year that sneaks up on me like this.  Last year it was Brooklyn, and if you know…

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REVIEW: Doctor Strange (2016) by Jason Michael

Anticipation:  3/5  In the HBO produced Talking Funny, Chris Rock explains that audiences “want the same thing, but different” when it comes to their entertainment. Since its inception, Marvel Studios has definitely come to exploit that. I haven’t hidden that superhero fatigue has started to settle in my bitter, jaded self. But, I like Benedict…

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REVIEW: Hacksaw Ridge (2016) by David Hart

Anticipation:     3.5/5     As I thought about seeing Hacksaw Ridge, there were a few things that made me feel good about it, and a few things that didn’t. First, the good. Andrew Garfield in a starring role. I remember seeing him in The Social Network and thinking that he would be a big…

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REVIEW: The Accountant (2016) by Ashley Davis

Anticipation:    3/5    I saw The Accountant more because of a snafu rather than outright desire to see. The original plan was to see Keeping Up with the Joneses, but the theater’s download was corrupted. It’s Ben Affleck doing what he’s great at. Couldn’t be too bad, right? Final Verdict:   4.5/5   Based on…

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REVIEW: Candyman (1992) by Mark Putley

Anticipation:     3/5     A few friends and I thought a horror film night was on the cards given that Halloween is just around the corner, so we pooled together a few films and started picking our favourites. I hadn’t heard of Clive Barker’s Candyman before. It came recommended from a friend, and quickly inspired interest from…

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REVIEW: American Honey (2016) by Mark Putley

Anticipation:     2.5/5   Apart from a brief rundown from a knowledgeable cinema usher, I had heard and read very little about American Honey. The last ‘coming-of-age’ film I saw must’ve been The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) about a year after it was released onto DVD. Coupling curiosity with the fact that American Honey…

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Film Grains: De Palma (2015) by David Hart

Anticipation:   2.5/5  So, my Brian De Palma viewing is lacking, I will admit.  If I had seen more of his movies (Dressed to Kill, Sisters, Carrie, Carlito’s Way, Scarface, Body Double, The Untouchables), I would have been much more excited. But I will say this, he is one of the more interesting filmmakers out there….

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ASC Podcast Episode 7: Terminator 2 Judgment Day

Jason and Lee revisit a childhood classic on episode 7 of the #AtlanticSC podcast: Terminator 2 Judgment Day (1991). The film was directed by James Cameron and stars Earl Boen, Jenette Goldstein and Don and Dan Stanton. Other topics of discussion include the trailer for Passengers, Clouzot’s 1955 film Diabolique, the Infiltrator, and Captain Fantastic….

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Film Grains: X-Men Apocalypse (2016)

Anticipation:  2.5/5   I didn’t like the trailers. Everything seemed to be pointing to shoddy effects, bad storytelling involving Roland Emmerich-type schlock; the antithesis to Days of Future Past (2014). Final Verdict:  3.5/5   I have to say X-Men Apocalypse one of the most entertaining X-Men movies to come out; perhaps even my favorite in the franchise after…

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Film Grains: The Magnificent Seven (2016) by David Hart

Anticipation:     2/5    When we did our podcast episode on The Equalizer, my guest and I discussed our fears of Antoine Fuqua taking on a huge cast and a treasured film property like The Magnificent Seven. I even watched the “original” (itself a remake of Kurosawa’s The Seven Samurai) in preparation for the new film. So,…

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ASC Podcast Episode 5: Captain America Civil War

Although Jason and Lee both really enjoyed Captain America Civil War (2016), on Episode 5 of the Atlantic Screen Connection podcast, they get very nit picky about the film. Captain America Civil War (2016) is directed by the Russo Brothers and stars Don Cheadle, Marisa Tomei, Emily VanCamp, and Hope Davis. Ep02 Breakdown Introduction Pt.1   Trailer Talk  2:18 Pt.2…

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Film Grains: Sully (2016) by David Hart

Anticipation:    3/5     So, I’m not the biggest Clint Eastwood fan.  Frankly, I think he is a tiny bit overrated as a director.  He’s just very hit or miss, and after watching the trailer for Sully (2016), I was leaning towards miss.  However, he did wrangle the performance of a lifetime out of Bradley…

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Film Grains: The Light Between Oceans (2016) by David Hart

Anticipation:    5/5   Look, I could not have been more excited for this movie.  It features three actors whose work I really enjoy. Michael Fassbender is a household name at this point, but anyone who can give a performance like he did in Shame (2011) is worth watching. Alicia Vikander was fantastic in two roles last…

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ASC Podcast Episode 4: Sing Street

Episode 4 of the ASC Podcast finds Jason and Lee gushing over John Carney’s indie wonder, Sing Street. The film stars a series of newcomers as well as Little Finger from Game of Thrones and Vera Bates from Downton Abbey. Thanks for listening! Be sure to come talk film with us! Twitter Jason Michael @Film_Faculty…

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Film Grains: Star Trek Beyond (2016)

Anticipation:   2.5/5   The first trailer was uninspiring, the second was a little more exciting and then I stopped paying attention. I walked into the theater with no expectations… Final Verdict:     4/5    … and I had a really fun time! Once it gets going, Star Trek Beyond takes the crown for being the most…

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Film Grains: Midnight Special (2016)

Anticipation:    4/5    Jeff Nichols is not a household name, but he’s one of my favorite directors out there right now. He directed Michael Shannon in Take Shelter (2011), and Matthew McConaughey in Mud (2012), both exceptional films that everyone needs to see. Midnight Special is his latest and I was intrigued by the trailer….

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Film Grains: The Neon Demon (2016)

I wish to stress that this is not a film for everyone. There are no spoilers in the review, but the link to the Cannes Film Festival does. Avoid that link until you have seen the film. Anticipation:   4/5   Nicolas Winding Refn makes cinema. He is one of the few. Drive and Only God Forgives…

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REEL Table Talks Podcast Episode 2 – A Clockwork Orange (1971)

We love film and movies as much as you do! Be sure to subscribe, rate and leave comments! Film Faculty thanks you for your support! Film Faculty contributors Jason Beaulieu and Carrie Lynn have a round table discussion about Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange (1971) hosted by Jason Michael (@Film_Faculty). Speakers discuss the following topics: Pick your…

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Film Grains: John Wick (2014)

Anticipation 3/5  Can the movie deliver, or was the trailer just a good short film… Final Verdict 4/5 Nothing new in terms of plot, but the action delivers impressive blows! The story is nothing new. Keanu Reeves plays John Wick, a retired gun-for-hire whose wife has just died of cancer. She bequeaths a puppy to…

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Film Grains: Steve Jobs (2015)

Anticipation: 1/5    Three movies in three years about Steve Jobs… I don’t care anymore. Final Verdict: 5/5    Holy Sh*#! Steve Jobs is cinema in its purest form. First, Steve Jobs is not a biopic, but rather a character study of a man at three different crossroads in his career: the 1984 launch of…

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Fury Road and the Feminist Agenda: Really? by Carrie Lynn

Around the same time that the highly anticipated action/sci-fi/dystopia Mad Max: Fury Road hit theatres, Aaron Clarey posted a blog article that received some attention urging men to “[n]ot only REFUSE to see the movie, but spread the word to as many men as possible” because it is a “Trojan Horse,” designed to trick men…

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A Commentary on the Ultra-Postmodern Age of Excess: Kingsman The Secret Service

Anticipation: 3/5  Matthew Vaughn‘s movies are an acquired taste.  Layer Cake was fun as was Kick-Ass. Stardust is definitely underrated,  but X-Men: First Class … meh.  Kingsman: The Secret Service doesn’t seem to want to take itself too seriously and that may be its appeal. Final Verdict: 5/5  Vaughn’s commentary on the excesses of today’s…

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Stereotypes and Nostalgia in Linklater’s Boyhood

Anticipation:   2.5/5    Boyhood has received critical acclaim from the festival circuit, but are critics interested in the film or the fact that it took 12 years to make? Final Verdict:   1/5    Stereotypes abound! This will be considered Linklater’s masterpiece solely because of the extraordinary production circumstances. The nostalgic charm of the…

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Film Grains: Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining (1980)

Anticipation:  5/5    It’s Kubrick, Nicholson and Duvall! Final Verdict:  5/5   It’s Kubrick, Nicholson and Duvall! Today’s generation seems to have trouble accepting Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining as a horror film. After all, the need for immediacy provided by technological advancement has also changed the attitudes of how audiences view and experience film. By no…

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Upward Social Mobility: Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather Part II as a Cinematic Re-Imagining of Horatio Alger Jr.’s Ragged Dick

Rags to riches. Rags to riches. Rags to riches. A blockbuster presenting its version of the American Dream hits theatres every week in today’s day and age. It’s importance in maintaining the “free world’s” image of equal opportunity, prosperity through hard work, self-reliance and a hint of good luck is simply the continuous recycling of…

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