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Engage in any casual theoretical discussion about the medium of film and chances are you’ll at least touch on some variation of: Why is cinema the most influential art and entertainment form of our time? What’s so special about it? What can movies do uniquely and effectively that other forms of art can’t?

They’re difficult questions to answer in broad terms. Most discussions I’ve had surrounding the essence of film, including the ever-riveting academic subject of medium specificity that grad school types love to beat to death, prove ultimately unsatisfying when they morph into prescription (movies should be such and such), or sweeping generalization (all movies are/do yada yada). What I do find useful and interesting is discussing trends, topics, and types of expression that movies are able to capture in a way that other art forms are less capable of achieving either by »

- Darren Ruecker

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