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Curtis Matzke
Film Writer and Director
Film Writer and Director
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I Don't Have Time For This
I don't have time for this. I don't have time to protest one night and wake up and march the next day. I don't have time to take the blue line for forty-five minutes to get to the airport and hold a sign. I don't have time to listen to the news every mornin...

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Political Parallels: The End of Act Two
The majority of narrative films follow a three act structure. This is best represented in the hero's journey narrative, including such contemporary classics as  Star Wars, Harry Potter,  or  The Lord of the Rings  (in the world of preconceived franchise fil...

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"Do You Hope to One Day Win an Oscar?"
I was asked the above question during a recent job interview. It was proposed immediately after the proverbial, "What are your hopes and aspirations?" question, which is often rephrased as, "Where do you see yourself in ten years?" and often reinterpreted a...

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At 27, I Learned About Death
It's been a tough year. At an age that most people typically start worrying about their own mortality, and rightfully so , I've found myself more saddened by the passing of others than any other time in my life. I know that this is far from uncommon for som...

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A Queer Reading of "Star Wars"
In the lead up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens , there has been one burning question: where is Luke Skywalker? The speculation has led to a pretty popular theory that Luke has turned to the dark side and is actually the primary antagonist of the new film. S...

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A Homosexual Reading of "Star Wars"
In the lead up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens , there has been one burning question: where is Luke Skywalker? The speculation has led to a pretty popular theory that Luke has turned to the dark side and is actually the primary antagonist of the new film. S...

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On Criticism and Industry Peer Review
Not too long ago, director Joss Whedon tweeted about a clip from  Jurassic World film, particularly responding to a post from the feminist website The Mary Sue, describing the clip as "70's era sexist" and summarizing the clip as "She's a stiff, he's a life...

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Chicago is NOT a Steppingstone City for Filmmakers
I've lived in Chicago for about a year and a half now. I decided to move here after graduating with a B.A. and M.A. in Media Arts and Technology from Michigan State University, two degrees which I consider mostly decorative in my chosen field.* When I made ...

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Sansa Stark and Jon Snow May Be More Similar After That Controversial Scene
A lot has already been said about depictions of rape on screen and all the problematic things that ensue as a result of using rape as quick fix to make the viewer sympathize with/despise a character. It's usually just lazy writing. In the case of  Game of T...

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The Oscars and Why I'm Still Thinking About Boyhood
Forward I realize that this post should have gone up about a month ago. I've been busy. Forgive me. The fact that I am just now posting this may also signify the depth of my frustration with this year's ceremony. I shall keep it brief. *     *     * I loved...
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