By The Writers of Lens Flared
This winter, the contributors of Lens Flared put together a list of our favorite movies for the coldest time of year. Whether you're looking for a post-Christmas dinner movie recommendation or just want to know how we like to celebrate the holidays, click the link to find out more!
By amber BroYles
I miss the days when thrillers actually said something, tapped into some deep-seated social issue. I miss the days when social commentary could be subtle yet provocative, a la Dawn of the Dead or The Crazies. There's a real elevation in story when a filmmaker can sneak those ideas in. Having said that, I'd like to point your attention to a little(ish) film that came out this year, Don't Breathe. Not only does it employ wonderful filmmaking techniques but it also uses current social issues as a backdrop for a grindhouse-esque thriller.
By Amber Broyles
The paranormal has been an intricate part of my life for as long as I can remember. I guess I'm a little ashamed to admit it, but the study of paranormal phenomena and its sciences have always fascinated me. So, when 9-year-old me discovered Ghostbusters I couldn't have been more thrilled. A cast of seemingly-average people catching ghosts with science? Sign me up. Nothing excited me more than the idea that an average person like me could catch and study ghosts. You may need a PhD to create the technology, however, you don't need one to operate it. That's the real draw of Ghostbusters.
By Casey Patterson
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is not improperly named. It really is galactic in size, both in the breadth of the settings and the endless chore that has becoming keeping track of all the canon. It’s so huge I’m going to have to publish this in multiple parts, meaning this will be a multi-part article criticizing the practice of multi-part storytelling. Thanks for making me look like a hypocrite, Marvel.
By Mary Thornton
By Amber Broyles
Horror films are a tricky thing. They teeter on the edge of thriller and terror. Some get muddled on either end of the spectrum while others gracefully embrace a bit of both. Either a film gets under your skin or it doesn’t. There’s no ifs ands or buts about it. Horror films do well to build tension and twist it into terror. Pacing is key. Plus, a great villain or monster never hurts.
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