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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The Unknown Known: Rumsfeld’s Story, For Better or Worse

“There are known knowns. There are known unknowns. There are unknown unknowns. But there are also unknown knowns - that is to say, things that you think you know that it turns out you did not.” An intimate and insightful look into Donald Rumsfeld’s controversial political career, director Errol Morris allows...
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Blood Ties: French Impression of Quintessential America

In 2012, the Swiss novelist Joel Dicker released the crime potboiler La vérité sur l’affaire Harry Quebert. It became quite the sensation in the French speaking literary world, owing him many accolades and the prestigious “Prix Goncourt”. The story concerned a novelist investigating the death of a little girl in...
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