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Review: ‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ short on dinosaurs, entertainment

Reading Time: 2 minutes The original Jurassic Park had fewer than 100 visual effects shots. That they still look good decades later is a testament to that film’s talented production team, which included Stan Winston, whose life-sized animatronics gave Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) animators plenty of on set reference material for how the creatures were supposed to look […]

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Review: In the age of streaming, ‘Satantango’ remains as captivating as ever

Reading Time: 3 minutes Sátántangó’s opening shot follows a herd of cows wandering a desolate town. The shot is nearly eight minutes long and free of human dialogue, an act of provocation in its deliberate simplicity and harbinger of things to come. Eight minutes down, about 430 to go—Béla Tarr’s 1994 masterpiece has a daunting runtime of over seven […]

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Review: ‘Prehistoric Planet’ takes nature-as-spectacle filmmaking to new heights

Reading Time: 2 minutes In the opening moments of Prehistoric Planet, the BBC’s splashy, heavily computer-generated nature documentary narrated by David Attenborough, we’re shown a tyrannosaurus rex swimming in open water with young offspring in tow. It’s an uncharacteristically vulnerable look for one of popular culture’s most enduring symbols of brute, primordial strength, and functions as a mission statement […]

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Replay: Dark Souls 2

Reading Time: 6 minutes What is the margin between being good and being great? It’s something I’ve often thought about. It also seems to be preoccupation of every self-motivation video I see on Instagram, or misattributed quote on Twitter.  There is an obsession with greatness, and yet so few people are able to achieve it. I believe it’s because […]

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‘Stanleyville’ thumbs nose at meritocracy, basically everything

Reading Time: 2 minutes Kisangani is a major commercial port city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Under Belgian colonization it was known as Stanleyville, after Welsh-American explorer Henry Morton Stanley, of “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?” fame. Stanley had been tapped by Belgian King Leopold II to establish a foothold for eventual annexation of the region. In 1897 […]