Tag Archives: Criticism

Film Review: Fifty Shades of Grey | Moronic Masochism (co-written with Lauren Wark)

Note: For this movie review, we here at Quail Bell Magazine are going to be trying something different. This time, we had two Quail Bell writers, Alex Carrigan and Lauren Wark, look at the same movie and review it, in hopes of … Continue reading

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Film Review: Birdman | What We Talk About When We Talk About Superheroes

In many ways, being an actor and being a superhero are the same thing. There’s a public demand for your service, you have to completely assume a role different from who you are, you are judged on your ability to … Continue reading

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Film Review: Selma | Bridges to Cross

After sitting through the dreck that was American Sniper, I really needed a movie like Selma. Both films are very similar, and being released at the same time makes the comparison of the two films even greater. Both films are about a … Continue reading

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Film Review: America Sniper | Look Closely, and Be Careful

French film director Francois Truffaut once said there was no such thing as an anti-war movie. His main criticism was that most of these films failed to make it clear that war was not something to glamorize. You could watch … Continue reading

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Film Review: Gone Girl | Death of a Cool Girl

Warning:  While there will be an attempt to minimize it, there may be some spoilers for both the novel and the film adaptation of Gone Girl within this review. Readers who have yet to read the book or see the … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover | Greater than the Plate

In fictional media, the act of eating and dining with others is one of the most commonly used elements that is used to represent something greater. Usually, eating is used to show a form of comfort a character regularly enjoys, … Continue reading

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TV Review: Orange is the New Black Season 2 | Drama, Comedy, and Heart Uncaged

Of the original Netflix shows, Orange is the New Black is the one that probably has had the most influence and cultural impact. Created by Jenji Kohan of Weeds fame, the show followed thirty-something yuppie Piper Chapman (Taylor Shilling) as a past crime catches … Continue reading

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