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New to Streaming: SuperGirl and Buried

Image Courtesy of Warner Bros. Distribution via indiewire.com

Image Courtesy of Warner Bros. Distribution via indiewire.com

One week of summer left but our favorite streaming services are giving us new content to keep the temperature high. Both Netflix and Hulu are seeing agreements with networks kick in specifically with CW as hit shows hit the web. Movie content has also taken a big step forward, especially on Hulu as they are quickly becoming the go-to for recent films.

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She Started It: Documenting the Rise of Women in Tech

Still from SHE STARTED IT trailer

Still from She Started It trailer

Many years ago when I started my career, I worked for a small nonprofit that happened to specialize in documentaries around poignant social issues. The organization was founded by women and employed a majority of women on its staff, which is not so common in film making at large. While my role there was as a member of the technology team, I developed relationships with filmmakers and producers on staff and grew to learn a lot about documentary filmmaking (and some basic editing skills).

That said, when I heard about the doc She Started It I was instantly intrigued. Continue reading

Did You Know: Bill Murray

Photo by Albert L. Ortega - © 2015 Albert L. Ortega

Photo by Albert L. Ortega – © 2015 Albert L. Ortega

Actor, stand-up comic, golfer, prankster… Bill Murray is many things but, in the world of Hollywood, the best word to describe him is legendary. With a career that has spanned over forty years, Murray has gone from bit comic to Oscar-nominated actor. His most recent film Rock the Kasbah reunited him with director Barry Levinson and hits theaters this Friday.

Despite being in the public eye for decades, he remains one of the more private individuals in the business. We hope to shed some light on a few little known facts about Murray’s long and illustrious career.  Continue reading

What to Watch: Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, Rock the Kasbah and More

October is heating up with a weekend of films that seem to cover just about every category. The most noteworthy film of the bunch keeps with the yearly installment of found-footage horror flicks with Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension. The latest installment of the franchise, now going on its eighth year, brings a bit more fiction to the table with a camera specifically built to see spirits in an effort to protect a young family from dangerous ghouls.  Continue reading

What to Watch: No Escape and We Are Your Friends

Still of Owen Wilson, Lake Bell, Sterling Jerins and Claire Geare in No Escape (2015)

Still of Owen Wilson, Lake Bell, Sterling Jerins and Claire Geare in No Escape (2015)

The luster of the summer movie season is now completely gone. A few late season holdouts look to get us through Labor Day but expectations are not very high. Still, that doesn’t mean that quality should lack, as the two featured releases for this week look to make a strong impression with movie goers. No Escape and We Are Your Friends are not your typical genre films for the season. As the weather cools off, we see thrillers and dark dramas make their way out of the high-octane summer months.  Continue reading

New Parents’ Night Out at the Movies

Photo via iVillage.ca courtesy of Lionsgate

Photo via iVillage.ca courtesy of Lionsgate

If you have children, or know people who have had children, you know that the first few months of a child’s life are critical for the child’s long-term survival but generally excruciating for the parents. Unless a parent is particularly lucky, the baby will wake up every couple of hours ensuring restful sleep is out of reach for the parent. The baby is as delicate as a paper bag full of flour and parents are left holding the bag, quite literally. While many parents rely in those first few months on Netflix to get through late night feeding sessions, there definitely comes a time when staying at home becomes somewhat unbearable.  Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: True Grit (1969)

Still of John Wayne and Glen Campbell in True Grit (1969)

Still of John Wayne and Glen Campbell in True Grit (1969)

It is fair to say that the interest level in Westerns has all but died out with American audiences. However, there was a time when a Western was the quickest way to make a buck without putting much effort into a production. This led to tons of low-level efforts that dragged the genre into a state of fluctuating quality. Still, a good Western could always pull in an audience who longed for a simpler time. One of the last great installments of this genre was the 1969 classic True GritContinue reading

Did You Know: John Wayne

© 1962 - Paramount Pictures. All rights reserved.

© 1962 – Paramount Pictures. All rights reserved.

There is no denying that Westerns are a long forgotten genre in the minds of moviegoers in 2015. However, there was a time when it was as popular as superhero films are today. And during that time there was no bigger star than the Duke, John Wayne. His roles in classics like The Searchers and Stagecoach introduced audiences to the kind of swagger we see from leading men today and a bravado that men and women alike found interesting.

This week we look at a few tidbits that you may not know about one of Hollywood’s most successful leading men.  Continue reading

Video and Advertising

Still from New York Times Recipe Lab video by Natalia V. Osipova and Abe Sater

Still from New York Times Recipe Lab video by Natalia V. Osipova and Abe Sater

Ten years ago, video online was a huge infrastructural challenge to deliver. As connections got faster and technology has accelerated (thanks, Netflix!), video is now a huge part of how users consume content online. There is a statistic that 34% of North American internet traffic is streaming video on Netflix. And now that streaming video is ubiquitous, marketers are in on the game with more ads before your videos and even content that doesn’t look like an ad but is secretly trying to sell you something in the form of native video ads.  Continue reading

What to Watch: American Ultra and Sinister 2

At this point we are at the end of the summer movie season, leaving us with films that did not have the same level of hype as ones a few months ago but could still pack the same punch at the box office. This week, American Ultra and Sinister 2 look to battle for a place next to last week’s smash hit Straight Outta ComptonContinue reading