Category Archives: Film Philosophy

A Week Later: Obligatory 2013 Oscar Nominations Post

Estimated time: 9:05 AM, CST, Thursday morning (January 10, 2013). My cell-phone alarm jolts me awake with a blast of smiley ska-pop, Reel Big Fish’s Average Man, piano chords skipping faster than my heartbeat. I see lavender walls, gravy-gray in … Continue reading

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The Summer of My Amateur Music Video

In my first post for Check the Reel I set out a vision for the type of article content I intended when I said, “I’ll be discussing film and film-related news as it comes. Since I also write and direct … Continue reading

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Three Friends and a Movie

(Foreword: My heart goes out to the victims of the Connecticut shooting. Please send them your empathy, prayers and love. They need it.) Like an Illinois winter, when weeks of unseasonable warmth plummet to sub-zero in an hour, then revert, … Continue reading

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One Nation, Under Disney…

You’ve probably forgotten amidst the change sweeping the world, from Superstorm Sandy to elections to Greece buckling under fiscal strain yet again, or you never heard in the first place. It’s impossible to write about film in a vacuum; it’s … Continue reading

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Reappraising Raising Arizona: Why We Revisit Films

FOREWORD: You might be wondering why Check the Reel‘s been so barren. Briefly: I made the transition back to college at the start of September; since then schoolwork and personal life have done their part to keep my online output … Continue reading

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Film

A friend responded to my Dark Knight Rises review with a pithy “So, uh… do you like any movie?” Admittedly, most of my articles on Check the Reel have either been critical (Prometheus, The Amazing Spider-Man) or qualified in their praise (Ted, DKR), … Continue reading

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