Author: Jake Orthwein

Jake Orthwein

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Writer, filmmaker.

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James Gray’s Radical Classicism

To watch James Gray’s The Lost City of Z is to be transported, in more ways than one, to a bygone time. The film tells the story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who at the turn of the 20th Century…

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Cinema, AI, and Human Nature

Why being honest about AI stifles good storytelling. Open any newspaper and you’ll find a profusion of articles and op-eds debating the future of artificial intelligence. Elon Musk is terrified of it…

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A Brief History of the ‘Hangout’ Film

More than a sub-genre; a way of life.Filmmakers have worked within recognizable genres for nearly as long as they’ve told stories. Initially film appropriated genres from literature and theatre, but a…

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‘Her’: Modern Love, Ancient Wisdom

What Eastern philosophy says about Spike Jonze’s sci-fi romance.Warner Bros. / WikipediaWhen you love someone, what is it that you love? This may sound obvious bordering on pedantic, but not so fast. …