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AUTHOR: Brian Bitner

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Why It Works: Blade Runner

Why It Works is an ongoing column which breaks down some of the most acclaimed films in history and explores what makes them so iconic, groundbreaking, and memorable. ****SPOILERS AHEAD**** Before we get started, I have to let you know that much like a rogue replicant, Why It Works is being retired as of this installment. It's been an absolute pleasure creating...

Why It Works: Swingers

Why It Works is an ongoing column which breaks down some of the most acclaimed films in history and explores what makes them so iconic, groundbreaking, and memorable. ****SPOILERS AHEAD**** With AMERICAN MADE hitting theaters later this month, I thought it might be a good time to take a trip back to the beginning of Doug Liman 's ever-changing career. No, we're...

Why It Works: American Psycho

Why It Works is an ongoing column which breaks down some of the most acclaimed films in history and explores what makes them so iconic, groundbreaking, and memorable. ****SPOILERS AHEAD**** What do you get when you combine 1980's Wall Street, cocaine, Huey Lewis , Phil Collins , Whitney Houston , and a honey almond body scrub? Why, a complete psychopath, of...

Why It Works: Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Why It Works is an ongoing column which breaks down some of the most acclaimed films in history and explores what makes them so iconic, groundbreaking, and memorable. ****SPOILERS AHEAD**** "Three billion human lives ended on August 29th, 1997. The survivors of the nuclear fire called the war Judgment Day." Just in time for the twentieth anniversary of Skynet...

Why It Works: Collateral

Why It Works is an ongoing column which breaks down some of the most acclaimed films in history and explores what makes them so iconic, groundbreaking, and memorable. ****SPOILERS AHEAD**** While this column tends to examine movies with unusual premises and plot structures, there's something arguably more impressive about a film that seems fairly ordinary at a glance...

Review: Detroit

PLOT:  During the 1967 12th Street riot in Detroit, an investigation by a riot task force into gunfire at the Algiers Motel left three black civilians dead and several witnesses badly injured. Kathryn Bigelow 's DETROIT attempts to recreate the events of the Algiers Motel incident based on existing evidence and witness testimony. REVIEW:  If you've seen...

Why It Works: Inception

Why It Works is an ongoing column which breaks down some of the most acclaimed films in history and explores what makes them so iconic, groundbreaking, and memorable. ****SPOILERS AHEAD**** With DUNKIRK landing in theaters this weekend, Christopher Nolan has added another critical darling to his impressive body of work, surprising no one (you can read our review here...

Why It Works: Planet Of The Apes

Why It Works is an ongoing column which breaks down some of the most acclaimed films in history and explores what makes them so iconic, groundbreaking, and memorable. ****SPOILERS AHEAD**** With WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES hitting theaters next Friday (you can check out our own Chris Bumbray's review here ), it looks like the new APES series is maintaining an...

Why It Works: Shaun Of The Dead

Why It Works is an ongoing column which breaks down some of the most acclaimed films in history and explores what makes them so iconic, groundbreaking, and memorable. ****SPOILERS AHEAD**** BABY DRIVER hits theaters next week, giving us the long anticipated fifth film from writer/director Edgar Wright . While Brits will know Wright as the director of the Channel 4...

Why It Works: Being John Malkovich

Why It Works is an ongoing column which breaks down some of the most acclaimed films in history and explores what makes them so iconic, groundbreaking, and memorable. ****SPOILERS AHEAD**** I don't know what your favorite puppeteer-finds-a-portal-into-a-famous-actor's-conscience movie is, but mine's probably BEING JOHN MALKOVICH . The feature film debut of...

Why It Works: Reservoir Dogs

Why It Works is an ongoing column which breaks down some of the most acclaimed films in history and explores what makes them so iconic, groundbreaking, and memorable. ****SPOILERS AHEAD**** Reservoir Dogs: Bloody Days launched on Steam last week, and while the game was met with fairly mediocre reviews, this seemed like an appropriate time to look at Quentin...

Why It Works: Blue Velvet

Why It Works is an ongoing column which breaks down some of the most acclaimed films in history and explores what makes them so iconic, groundbreaking, and memorable. ****SPOILERS AHEAD**** Well, the bad news is it looks like David Lynch won't be making any more films, as he stated in a recent interview that 2006's INLAND EMPIRE was almost assuredly his...

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