Category Archives: Movies

The Overlooked Triumph of “The Revenant”: Music

The Revenant was robbed. For all the Oscar nominations The Revenant has received, the movie was victim of a glaring omission: Best Original Score. The score, created by Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto (with additional music by Bryce Dessner of … Continue reading

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The Ugly Beauty of “The French Connection”

An art teacher once told me that a beat-up pair of tennis shoes is a lot more interesting to draw than a brand-new pair. I thought of my art teacher’s advice as I re-watched The French Connection during Oscars weekend. … Continue reading

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Movie Trailers Shine As Digital Stars

With the 2016 Academy Awards fast approaching, Google has created a terrific piece of event-based content by ranking the popularity of the trailers for the Oscar Best Picture nominees. Google ranks The Revenant Number One based YouTube trailer views, which … Continue reading

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Six Famous Movies That Lived up to Massive Hype

What’s more impressive: the fact that 195 nations signed a global accord on climate change or that Star Wars: The Force Awakens lived up to the hype? I’m going to go with Star Wars. The Paris Agreement to fight climate … Continue reading

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How Movie Theaters Are Competing Harder for Your Time and Money

Movie theaters face the same challenge as sports stadiums: they need to fill seats even when they cannot control the quality of the product they offer. Wrigley Field must sell tickets and concessions whether the Chicago Cubs are contending for … Continue reading

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Why Mr. Spock Endures

How does a fictional character eclipse his real-life creator and become embedded in the fabric of popular culture? I have been pondering the question while watching the widespread outpouring of grief and nostalgia in the wake of the death of … Continue reading

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Three Oscar-Winning Movies That Rewrote History

Oscar-nominated movies should place more importance on historical accuracy than storytelling — at least that’s the conclusion you might draw from the criticisms lodged at American Sniper, The Imitation Game, and Selma. An angry¬†cabal¬†of tut-tutting, self-appointed guardians of public taste … Continue reading

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Do You Trust Your Audience? A Lesson from a Great Movie

Do you trust your audience? Before you answer “Sure!” make sure you watch the famous “Sam the Lion” monologue from the Oscar-winning movie The Last Picture Show. In just four minutes, Director Peter Bogdanovich offers a lesson on earning the … Continue reading

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Ellen DeGeneres, the Oscars, and the Era of the Visual Storyteller

The defining moment of the 2014 Academy Awards happened in the audience and on Twitter. While the Oscars ceremony lumbered along with the usual moments of awkward onstage patter and stars showcasing their plastic surgery, Ellen DeGeneres snapped the selfie … Continue reading

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Prada and Kenzo: Brands as Entertainers

Brands often think of content marketing as the art of being useful. Betty Crocker teaches us how to cook through the iconic Betty Crocker Cookbook. Verizon publishes useful ideas about apps through its Recapp blog. But content marketing can also … Continue reading

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