Category Archives: Rafael Chaiken

  1. Is Elysium the First Sci-Fi Epic about Healthcare Reform?

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    September 10, 2013 by Ian Goldstein

    By Rafael Chaiken Neill Blomkamp loves parables. The director’s first film, District 9 (2009), was a clear commentary on South African apartheid, with …
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  2. 2D or 3D? A Tale of Two Movies

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    June 5, 2013 by Ian Goldstein

    By Rafael Chaiken In the last five years, multiplex patrons have increasingly faced a choice rare for previous generations: Should …
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  3. In a World Where Movie Trailers Don’t Have Voice-overs…

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    April 8, 2013 by Ian Goldstein

    By Rafael Chaiken I miss voice-over narration in movie trailers. The deep, authoritative male voice used to be ubiquitous in …
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  4. What Do Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Avatar Have in Common?

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    March 4, 2013 by Ian Goldstein

    By Rafael Chaiken What makes a cultural phenomenon? Why do some stories resonate with audiences and earn a permanent place …
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  5. Why “Gangnam Style” Is Good for You

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    February 11, 2013 by Ian Goldstein

    By Rafael Chaiken Psy’s catchy K-pop single “Gangnam Style” has been racking up superlatives since it went viral this past …
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  6. 35mm Film: The End of an Era

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    December 30, 2012 by Ian Goldstein

    By Rafael Chaiken Without much fanfare, we are currently witnessing a sea change in American cinema. Movies, which were captured …
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  7. How to Save Commercial Music Radio

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    September 30, 2012 by Ian Goldstein

    By Rafael Chaiken America’s radio stations have seen better days. Few alive today remember when radio was a dominant entertainment …
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  8. The Bourne Legacy, Spies, and Superheroes

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    September 9, 2012 by Ian Goldstein

    By Rafael Chaiken Last week I went to see The Bourne Legacy, a spy thriller directed by Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton, …
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