Author Archive: Matt Cipolla

Senior year film student at Columbia College Chicago, Hollywood Film Festival pre-screener, and Best Social Media Presence for North Farmington High School's 2014 senior mock elections. Firmly believes that ".gif" is pronounced "jiff".

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

| November 17, 2017

In my eyes, there are two types of people when it comes to grief: those who become angry and those who become sad. The flood of emotions in the aftermath of a tragedy is fascinating in how contradictory it can be in terms of one’s own personality as well as the persona they project upon […]

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78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene

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78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene

| November 16, 2017

Movies about movies are fascinating in that the history inherent in each one’s material forces upon an ostensible cultural importance despite the quality of the film itself. Within narrative films, the self-reflexive discussion of the art form is something that I’m predisposed to like—just take a look as some of my favorite movies. Such a […]

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Lady Bird

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Lady Bird

| November 10, 2017

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: life isn’t really a continuous flow as much as it is a plethora of events with causality connecting the individual bits. Lady Bird is a movie that knows the singularity—the fickleness—of life, and especially of adolescence. The movie has some micro-issues in regards to pacing, but […]

Wonderstruck

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Wonderstruck

| November 10, 2017

The onset of winter months may not faze me generally speaking, but with its sudden appearance this year just weeks after it was an unseasonal 90 degrees, I wanted something at least a little warm. With the first snowfall of the season today and a 15-degree wind chill upon waking up, a movie of any […]

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Ingrid Goes West

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Ingrid Goes West

| November 7, 2017

A movie based around social media or the Internet is, a vast majority of times, immediately damned to failure. Features such as last year’s Nerve exemplify of these types, and in theory, Ingrid Goes West would fit into that pantheon, as well as the group of films that feel outdated by the time of their release […]

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The Killing of a Sacred Deer

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The Killing of a Sacred Deer

| November 7, 2017

People bring to movies what they already know—that much is true. However, that’s largely the case when the movie in question is more of a mirror than a portal, and The Killing of a Sacred Deer lay much more in the latter category. When a movie begins with a slow zoom-out of a pulsating chest […]

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Goodbye Christopher Robin

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Goodbye Christopher Robin

| November 7, 2017

With awards season comes an ostensibly fresh swath of awards-hopeful movies, largely leaning on our collective childhoods and British accents to gaslight the public into being moved. Now, Goodbye Christopher Robin isn’t quite within that camp of moviegoing manipulation, but it isn’t far enough from it to earn the praise of its subject’s work. Despite […]

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The Snowman

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The Snowman

| November 7, 2017

People often ask me why I see movies when I know that they’ll be bad, and the reasons are plentiful enough if not entirely possible to get behind. The biggest rationales for seeing pulsating chunks of bloody cinematic afterbirth usually fall back on the fact that I a.) like going to the movies regardless, b.) […]

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Victoria and Abdul

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Victoria and Abdul

| November 7, 2017

Is there ever a movie where you’re just dragging your feet while going to see, but you see it anyways because you don’t really have anything else to do? I like to think that I have a pretty entertaining and fulfilling life, but then there are times where I just feel so passive and void […]

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Happy Death Day

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Happy Death Day

| November 7, 2017

Happy Death Day reminds me of 2015’s Unfriended not necessarily in terms of quality, but because I thought both movie’s’ respective trailers were nothing more than Funny or Die sketches. But no, just like Unfriended was real, Happy Death Day is as well. It’s the type of utter stupidity that intrigues me, something that I just have to see because I want […]

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