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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Suburbicon

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Suburbicon

| November 7, 2017

Having just seen The Snowman a mere 10 days ago, I’ve been thinking about how some movies can be so slapped together. It’s a perversely fascinating subject of sorts in my eyes, especially when the talent involved in such films are of ostensibly high caliber, but the same all-to-easy answer always comes to the forefront: […]

The Florida Project

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The Florida Project

| November 7, 2017

If I’m to be completely honest, I don’t like kids. They’re really just romanticized versions of your blackout drunk friends that you don’t talk to anymore because they mooch off of your stuff and won’t shut up. I guess people’s need to project nostalgia onto others is even more powerful than I thought. Sean Baker […]

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Blade Runner 2049

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Blade Runner 2049

| November 7, 2017

The advent of mainstream science fiction in recent year seems to have largely run parallel to dug-up sequels. If the former is a human, the latter is a replicant, and in that way, Blade Runner 2049 operates a plane a bit more unique than similar films of recent memory. While that provides for some incredible […]

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The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

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The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

| November 7, 2017

I won’t miss a Noah Baumbach movie, but my resentment towards Adam Sandler is nigh impossible to ignore. Add to the equation that The Meyerowitz Stories is a Netflix film that I was either going to see in theaters or not see at all given my snobbish clinging to movies’ needing to be seen in […]

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Brad’s Status

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Brad’s Status

| November 7, 2017

I often times get flack for coming off as unjustifiably cynical when I’m not really trying to be; it’s just within my nature. I would say that it’s arguable that it’s within everyone’s nature, but that argument isn’t really one worth bothering to have. What may be egoism and egotism to one person is just […]

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mother!

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mother!

| November 7, 2017

Going into mother!, I was curious as to how accessible it would be. After Black Swan raised Darren Aronofsky’s clout to its peak, his work finally penetrated the zeitgeist. It was with Noah in 2014 that he went into mainstream filmmaking, to which his success he achieved and gratitude he received was admittedly underwhelming. Three and a half years later, his […]

American Made

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American Made

| November 7, 2017

I was having a conversation the other day about whether or not satire works less when it’s tailored towards and made more accessible for mainstream audiences. In my eyes, nearly any sociopolitical topic when discussed with a wide-release film is going to softened to work for a larger audience, and American Made is a great […]

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Battle of the Sexes

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Battle of the Sexes

| November 7, 2017

It’s a shame that filmmakers feel the need to soften the most fascinating stories in order to reach the widest audience possible. Battle of the Sexes is a film where despite my caring for its themes and subject matter, I couldn’t care for the film itself. It’s your typical Oscar-bait, largely well acted and with […]

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle

| November 7, 2017

I wouldn’t have expected to love Kingsman: The Secret Service as much as I did. Upon its release two and a half years ago, its edge, subversiveness, energy, and careful balance of absurdity and mean-spirited humor made it an instant cut above comparable fare, and I, just as surprised as anyone else, saw it six times over […]

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It

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It

| November 6, 2017

I don’t know how I managed to go over five weeks without seeing a movie that proved itself to a cultural phenomenon, but alas, it happened. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to see it since I truly did, but hey, I finally saw it, and I can’t say that I see what everyone fell […]