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Film Gallery: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

one_flew_over_the_cuckoos_nest_mcmurphy_chiefFilm Gallery: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”  is a 1975 film directed by Miloš Forman, based on the 1962 novel “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” by Ken Kesey. It was the second of three films to ever complete the Oscar grand slam (when a film wins an Oscar in Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, and Screenplay – The other two were “It Happened One Night” and “The Silence of the Lambs”).

The story follows Randle Patrick “Mac” McMurphy, played by Jack Nicholson, a criminal serving a short-term sentence for statutory rape of a 15-year old girl, as he is transferred temporarily to a mental institution for evaluation.

The story unfolds primarily in the mental hospital. The film was shot at the Oregon State Hospital in Salem, Oregon, which was also the setting for the novel. (more…)

Video Game Analysis: The Art of the Video Game story

the-last-of-us-500x281Video Game Analysis: The Art of the Video Game story

Legendary film critic Roger Ebert once provoked the wide community of gamers by  asking the question: Are video games art? One of his key arguments stated that video games aren’t an art because the audience had too much control over the outcome of the protagonist.

A long time ago this argument was brought up about movies, and before that about theatrical production. The key argument then was: Is it art when it’s created through collaboration? Often the directors get sole credit for a film’s artistic style, but many key positions include: writers, producers, editors, production designers, cinematographers, all the way down to the makeup artists and set decorators. Some more minimal than others, all have an artistic input to the production of a film.

Much like films, video games are a collaborative art form.  Some games have reportedly taken over 5 years to fully develop.