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Your Brain on Film

Aug 9, 2019

Quentin Tarantino's latest film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, is being ripped apart for its false portrayal of Bruce Lee. And that backlash could in fact ruin the movie's Oscar ambitions. Thus, an important question arises: do we care more about facts and information...or do we care more about the...


Aug 5, 2019

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is Quentin Tarantino's love letter to the film industry. On this episode, I’ll explore the divisive American landscape of the 1960s and how Charles Manson exploited it. I’ll also provide a little history on a major shift in Hollywood, and how Tarantino created a meta-film...


Jul 29, 2019

The stress of holding contradictory beliefs—also known as cognitive dissonance—is a common struggle everyone experiences. Just...not everyone can cope with it.  First Reformed is the cinematic encapsulation of what can happen when we allow that dissonance to consume us.

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Jul 22, 2019

Gone With the Wind and Birth of a Nation are two films that depict the America many white men would like to live in. Spike Lee uses BlacKkKlansman to cinematically survey the decades-long fallout from those racist attitudes, recalling concepts and truths from Ta-Nehisi Coates' book "Between the World and Me" to...


Jul 15, 2019

Filmmakers are often heavily influenced by other artists, including musicians. And that musical influence guides the way they tell stories. I'd like to make a case that there's a deeper story to Mid90s than what appears on the surface—and it largely stems from Jonah Hill's infatuation with Kanye West.

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