https://tz5spe4rrwpn7tzx-zippykid.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Screen-Shot-2015-11-06-at-12.06.04-AM.png

I recently walked in on one of my roommates committing a heinous act. He was sitting alone, on our living room couch, with the lights turned off, staring at our living-room television screen. He was using his HBO GO subscription to watch “Batman VS Superman: Dawn of Justice.” With some of the best shows and movies at his fingertips, he chose a film with 27% on Rotten Tomatoes?The worst part is that he agreed how...

https://tz5spe4rrwpn7tzx-zippykid.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Screen-Shot-2015-11-06-at-12.06.04-AM.png

My recent obsession with “Westworld” got me thinking about what sets apart a good television show from a show that will turn audiences into an obsessive horde. Of course, some basic elements must be accounted for, such as interesting stories, performances, and visuals. But beyond these essential ingredients, there is some secret sauce fantasy that might shed some light on to how modern television addresses our anxieties as a means to keep us engaged. There...

https://tz5spe4rrwpn7tzx-zippykid.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Screen-Shot-2015-11-06-at-12.06.04-AM.png

If you are not familiar with “Westworld,” I’d suggest you acquaint yourself. The show opened to HBO’s highest viewership numbers since True Detective in 2014 and has received significant critical acclaim on account of its compelling visuals, gripping storylines and excellent acting. No spoilers ahead. “Westworld” is set in an eponymous theme park which allows “guests” to live out their wildest fantasies. The park is a massive recreation of the 19th century American west, and...

https://tz5spe4rrwpn7tzx-zippykid.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Screen-Shot-2015-11-06-at-12.06.04-AM.png

The YouTube video has been long maligned for being a worthless, stupefying form of media, guilty of dumbing down America one cat video at a time. I’m not here to fight the statement – Top Ten videos and Let’s Plays may very well be the new opium of the people. But for those seeking depth and analysis in the digital universe, there is a new form of digital video on the rise. You might have...

https://tz5spe4rrwpn7tzx-zippykid.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/YOUTUBE-GRAPHIC.jpg

On the morning of June 3, Lewis Bond uploaded a video with the title “I’m Being Sued.” In one long, emotional take, the YouTube creator explained to his audience that he was the target of a lawsuit for one of his videos on Stanley Kubrick’s cinematography. Bond is a film student who publishes in-depth video essays under the name “Channel Criswell.” The essays are odes to his moviemaking idols. They are well-researched pieces, constructed with...

https://tz5spe4rrwpn7tzx-zippykid.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Screen-Shot-2015-11-06-at-12.06.04-AM.png

We are currently entering one of the year’s best seasons for movies. Whereas summertime features most family-friendly franchises and high-budget blockbusters, the last months of the year usually showcase films with a higher profile, which are usually released in hopes of landing some Oscar nomination. Each studio hopes these releases will be fresh in the minds of Academy members when the nomination ballot comes along in January, which is why “serious dramas” get stacked toward...

https://tz5spe4rrwpn7tzx-zippykid.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Screen-Shot-2015-11-06-at-12.06.04-AM.png

Harold Clurman used to say “Choose a good script,  cast good actors – and you’ll all be good directors!” This is as true today as it was in the beginning days of film, but for entirely different reasons. With the rise of celebrity culture, audiences developed a deep knowledge and personal relationships with their favorite movie stars, which is a casting game-changer Nowadays, it’s not enough to cast an excellent actor that fits the part:...

https://tz5spe4rrwpn7tzx-zippykid.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Screen-Shot-2015-11-06-at-12.06.04-AM.png

Improvisational theater is synonymous with Chicago and New York, where iconic venues like The Second City and The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater have acted as breeding grounds for the comedic avant-garde of the past few decades. Although San Antonio has neither the iconic allure of Chicago nor the coolness of New York, there is a quickly growing improv culture in town which has a philosophy and history purely unique to the city. There is an...