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Welcome Cinephiles! If you love movies and television, then this is the place for you. Notes will be posted multiple times per week. Content will include new movie and television reviews and analyses, opinion pieces, and much more. I appreciate your support and hope you enjoy reading my notes as much as I enjoy writing them.

Welcome Cinephiles! If you love movies and television, then this is the place for you. Notes will be posted multiple times per week. Content will include new movie and television reviews and analyses, opinion pieces, and much more. I appreciate your support and hope you enjoy reading my notes as much as I enjoy writing them.
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Matthew Fraga December 3, 2019

December Movie Releases That You Must See
The last month of the year is packed with some great films. All of the major studios are putting their foot in the race for the award season. Be sure to catch these five films before it is too late.
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Matthew Fraga December 1, 2019

"The Irishman:" A Mob Masterpiece Unlike Anything You Have Seen Before
There is a degree of maturity and patience in “The Irishman” that is unlike anything I have seen. This could only be accomplished by a director like Martin Scorsese. He somehow makes the most mundane and unassuming scenes so damn entertaining. With a three-and-a-half-hour runtime, one would expect frequent bombastic scenes to keep the audience engaged. However, Scorsese seldom implements violence, and when he does, it’s thoroughly gripping. Most of the time, Scorsese elongates scenes by holding the camera on a face longer than expected. Instead of looking away, you look closer and consider what thoughts are racing through the character’s head.
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Matthew Fraga November 30, 2019

Ford v Ferrari: Not as Advertised, but Better
I am a firm believer that the trailer is one of the most important pieces of a movie. It is incredibly difficult to strike the perfect balance between showing the audience enough to pique their interest, but not so much that you spoil the movie. Another difficulty is accurately conveying the movie’s tone. Most of the time, trailers mislead the audience and give away too much. As is the case with the “Ford v Ferrari” trailers. From the trailers, it would be fair to assume that the movie’s central focus is around the 1966 Le Mans race, and the production of Ford’s GT40 race car leading up to it.
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Matthew Fraga November 21, 2019

November Movie Releases You Cannot Miss
November may be nearly over, but there is still time for you to see some great films that released this month. All these films will surely be in contention for multiple Academy Awards. America’s dad—Tom Hanks—is looking to bolster his already exception resume. Scorsese once again establishes himself as the best director around, crafting another mob masterpiece. Christian Bale and Matt Damon prove to be one of the best duos of the year. Finally, A24 produces another work of art with an endlessly talented cast, proving why they are a force to be reckoned with. Here are four November releases that you must see.
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Matthew Fraga November 12, 2019

Once Again Robert Eggers Delivers With His Newest Film, "The Lighthouse"
The reason I love movies, is that for two hours I can enter another world. All my worries and doubts take a back seat, and I become a part of a new reality. This is especially the case in Robert Egger’s "The Lighthouse," starring Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson.
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Matthew Fraga November 7, 2019

The Two Worst Movies Of The 21st Century
What makes a bad movie? When thinking about this question, I like to contemplate a variety of factors. I consider how bad the acting is, how underdeveloped story is, and how often the director disrespects the audience’s intelligence. I also like to think about how true the movie is to its intended genre. Is the horror movie scary? Is the comedy funny? Sure, these are subjective standards. What I find funny, you may not and vice versa. However, I think the true test of how bad a movie is depends on how you react during the film. Are you constantly checking the time on your phone? Does it take multiple viewings to get through the movie?
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Matthew Fraga November 5, 2019

Red Eye and Hush: Breaking the Damsel in Distress Stereotype
Horror movies are notorious for having incompetent character who make the most illogical decisions. Characters do things and go places that no reasonable person would do under similar circumstances. This, almost always, results in their demise. Their stupidity is always annoying for the audience, and it takes us out of the movie. The audience says things like, “that would never happen,” and “no don’t go in there!” But the characters almost always do, leaving us to say, “I told you so.” With that being said, there are some movies that have well-developed protagonists, who make intelligent, creative decisions, not even we would think to make.
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Matthew Fraga October 27, 2019

El Camino: The Satisfying Epilogue To A Beloved Series
It’s been six years since the hit show breaking bad concluded. Many regard the finale as one of best of all time, myself included. However, for as good as it was, there was always one questions lingering: What happened to Jesse? The final time we see him in the finale he is busting through the fence of the Nazi compound in Todd’s El Camino, as a battered, broken man.
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Matthew Fraga October 24, 2019

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Final Trailer Breakdown
This is it, the final chapter in a franchise that has spanned five decades. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be the third epsiode in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, and the ninth and final episode in the “Skywalker Saga.” J.J. Abrams will once again be directing the film. He directed Episode 7, the first in the sequel trilogy. Abrams took a hiatus leaving Rian Johnson to direct Episode 8. Many were disappointed by Johnson’s effort, saying that there was a disconnect between the first two films. Abrams will surely have his work cut out for him in wrapping up countless story lines in a satisfactory manner. Though, if anyone can do it, it’s him.
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Matthew Fraga October 17, 2019

There are only two and half months left in 2019, but still a lot of movies to see. Many Oscar contenders have yet to release, but there has been a lot of buzz around films coming out of the Toronto, New York, and Cannes Film Festivals. To no surprise, industry heavyweights like Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, and Willem Dafoe have films releasing this year. For this list, I have chosen to include October releases that you must see. I will be making separate lists for November and December. Only time will tell which films rise to the top, but here are some can’t miss movies for the month of October.
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