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The Bigger Picture: Lay Down Your Arms

“Filler” is a term often used by music fans to describe songs that sound like they were quickly put together to take up space...

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The Bigger Picture: The Acting Bug

Actors can be an easy bunch to spot around Los Angeles. Often, they can be seen exiting a Kinko’s with a box of 500 headshots. The...

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The Bigger Picture: Film and the Age of Facebook

We live in a self-absorbed culture. Everything we do is shared through blogs, status updates, and tweets. Now that people have the Internet...

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The Bigger Picture: Nothing to Fear

Appropriately for a week in which an Eddie Murphy movie is reaching theaters, Arend Anton devotes his latest Biggest Picture column to...

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The Bigger Picture: The Animal, the Internet, and “Darkon”

I’ve often written in this column about the state of film criticism and the Internet. It might seem strange that I, an online film...

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The Bigger Picture: In Defense of McG: Or, Why I’m Not a Movie Critic

When our esteemed editor and retired slow jam artist Jeff Giles first asked me to contribute to this site, he wanted me to contribute as a...

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The Bigger Picture: My Shameless Self-Promotion

I’ve spent the last week trying to get a trailer ready for my film, Red Gold. That doesn’t even include the time I spent...

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The Bigger Picture: Brought to You by Gillette

I was shaving this evening. I like to shave at night, because the last thing I want to do when my eyes are still half-closed is rake a...

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The Bigger Picture: The Film School of Life

How valuable is a college career for the creative professional? Arend Anton explores this issue in his latest edition of The Bigger...

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The Bigger Picture: What’s the Frequency?

Is there a key to creativity? Could there be some way of unlocking what is within the mind at any given time? The answer to this question...

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The Bigger Picture: Sound Appreciation

Most people probably realize how important sound is to movies. In filmmaking, audio and visuals have at the very least a 50/50...

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The Bigger Picture: Gettin’ Hitched

I’ve been watching a lot of Alfred Hitchcock’s work lately. When searching for a new project, I tend to immerse myself in that...

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The Bigger Picture: The Big Three, Part Two

Last week I began a three-part series about the three biggest movie taboos, at least in American cinema — the things we seem to often...

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The Bigger Picture: The Big Three, Part One

If you read this column last week, you might think from reading the headline that I’ve decided to only discuss the economic...

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The Bigger Picture: The Internet is Over(rated)

The Internet has spawned an explosion of opinion and independent thought. Movies I once thought were untouchable I now find have their own...

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The Bigger Picture: In Glorious 3D!

It is a time of economic turmoil. The markets are going berserk; reacting like the headless chickens we already knew them to be. Our nation...

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The Bigger Picture: Earnest Goes to the Movies

I recently had the pleasure of watching Darren Aronofsky’s film The Wrestler.  This was after I wrote my Oscar tirade, though...

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The Bigger Picture: Hook, Line, and Sinker

Awards season.  I don’t much care for this time of year.  Sure, all the good movies get released around this time, but...

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The Bigger Picture: Lies and Manipulation

The camera lies to you.  Sure, that idea goes against everything you were raised to believe.  Court cases often rely on photographic...

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The Bigger Picture: Substantive Style

It’s nearly impossible to watch a summer movie these days without sitting through camera movements that make you wish you’d...

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The Bigger Picture: Disaster Movie!

The average movie is mediocre at best. This is not meant as an insult to hardworking filmmakers. The simple fact of the matter is that few...

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The Bigger Picture: Creating a World

What is the most important factor in the creation of a movie? Is it a good script, quality acting, or great visuals? Or is it something...