Category Archives: Moments of Brilliance

Moments of Brilliance: Ryan Reynolds’s abs in “Blade 3”

Arguably the most memorable scene in Blade 3, and the title character’s barely in it. The major thing movies with a mostly-silent protagonist usually forget is that everything hinges on the side characters bouncing off of them. Blade is not that interesting, but people trying to interact with a vampire-killing-machine-that’s-also-a-vampire is. Read the rest of this entry

Moments of Brilliance: Poolhall Junkies

There is a phenomenon that exists on university campuses all over the country, where everyone sort of just agrees that a movie is good. It’s usually a movie that didn’t do well initially. Everyone secretly discovers the movie and then shows it to drunk friends in dorm rooms, or on lazy Sunday nights, and it strikes a chord with all the wide-eyed 18 and 19 year old kids away from home for the first time because it’s so different or weird from anything they’ve seen.

Dorks.

I remember being 18 and sitting in my shitty dorm room absolutely dead set on expanding my horizons. I’d go see every boring movie, attend the concert of every awful band, and buy whatever was new and underground. Quality was an afterthought. All that mattered is that I had a secret. I had a thing that no one else heard about, even though usually the way it actually happened was A.) everyone knew about it, too, but also treated it like a secret, or B.) no one knew, because no one cared, because it sucked.
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Moments of Brilliance: Gamer

This first installment in what should be many, Moments of Brilliance will look at small slivers of entertainment that stand above the rest of the work it’s associated with.

Gamer has two good things going for it: the general concept and its dance/fight scene with antagonist Michael C. Hall.

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