Oculus: Seeing is Not Necessarily Believing

Outside of an archaeological or architectural context, the word oculus means "an eye," which is significant for a film genre that relies so heavily on what viewers see - or, more specifically, what is suddenly and often times shockingly seen after great delay - in order to construct its environment.  To get...
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier - An Armor Upgraded

Apparently New York is child’s play when you’re about to face an enemy with matching skills and discover a S.H.I.E.L.D-shattering secret. Also apparent is how good Captain America’s second solo outing is – it entertains here, surprises there, and on the whole a clear improvement over 2011’s The First Avenger.
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Girls: Season 3 Finale

Girls began as a cultural phenomenon. This generation’s Sex and the City. Many labeled Lena Dunham “the voice of a generation.” And for its first two seasons, it didn’t live up to the hype. The third season culminated in what is probably the most satisfying episode to date. This is...
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