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Martial Arts History Reborn: Why “Shaolin” Is a Must-See Kung Fu Flick

A powerful man does horrible things, finds himself hoisted on his own petard, and must learn kung fu in order to atone for his ways and find peace. If the story sounds familiar, there’s a good reason — well, several good reasons, actually.

The 2011 Shaolin is a martial arts epic starring performer-of-all-trades Andy Lau as Hou Jie, a clever but hotheaded warlord whose ambitions get the better of him. After slaying a rival taking refuge at the Shaolin Monastery and mocking the monks before he leaves, he sets out to eliminate another enemy. But Cao Man, Hou’s second-in-command, double crosses him. And before long, Hou has nowhere to seek refuge but the very place he killed a man not long before.

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The Art of Anxiety: Why “Living in Oblivion” Will Blow Your Mind

There are lots of ways a piece of art can be “mind-blowing.” The easiest is to create something that looks weird and makes no dang sense. And that’s probably the easiest way to go about it — because making something not make sense doesn’t actually take a lot of work. But one of the hardest, and most effective, is to create something extremely personal and extremely relatable under the weirdness. Something that, when you step back from it, makes complete sense.

Living in Oblivion starts out as one, slowly pulling its strings together and becoming the other over the course of the movie. Because somewhere between the flashbacks, the explosions, and the apple-wielding dwarfs, there’s something a lot of us can relate to: the anxiety of doing our job well.

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Your Weekly Guide to VRV 2/19 – 2/25

You’re waiting for the walk signal at a crowded city intersection. Your breath forms into temporary clouds before dissolving into the clear, frigid air. You hear a tinny, artificial tone and look up to see the sign has changed to ‘walk.’ You look down at your phone as you’re walking, weaving in and out of the vast surge of pedestrians ebbing and flowing like a living river. Halfway across the street everything falls silent. You crash into the person in front of you and look up, dazed, frantically apologizing. “I’m sorry, uh-” You stop midway through your sentence. The entire world is frozen. People, feet extended half-gait; birds suspended in flight; the ripples of a puddle caught in some strange temporal stillness–time has stopped. You stand there, for how long you don’t know, not even trying to make sense of anything, but simply taking in the reality of it all. You get up and begin to walk, haltingly, through the street. You see a child on the sidewalk, his rubber ball trapped halfway between his open hand and the floor. You reach for it, grab it, attempt to move it, but it is immobile as a building. You explore the city this way, experimenting here and there as you did with the ball, but everything is similarly stuck. After hours (days?), you collapse on a park bench. Looking at the morning sun (it’s been morning for so long) winding through the tree branches overhead, your phone suddenly vibrates. Shocked out of your reverie it takes a moment for you to even remember what to do in this situation. You grasp your phone and see that an unfamiliar app has opened, something called… “Your Weekly Guide to VRV.”

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Filling the Documentary Junkie’s Fix

Whether you’re still in classes or have graduated into the working world, the spark of learning never truly leaves us and these carefully crafted films and series have all the benefits of study without sacrificing entertainment. Nothing else quite scratches that itch and the true documentary junkie is always hungry for any subject from nature, to culture, to true crime. Look no further, because we’ve got just the fix you need with six great documentaries you can watch right now.


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Dark Affection: Emotional Intimacy in the Harsh World of Let the Right One In

In cartoons, it’s portrayed as the angel versus devil conversation. Amongst friends, it’s a joke you try to laugh nervously off. For every action we take, there’s a consequence – a misfire in our synapses, a large ‘what if I wasn’t so good? What if I was selfish?’ battle that wages back and forth in our brain, being pushed into the corner because that’s what being an adult means: making larger sacrifices for the greater good, and being responsible for your own thoughts. Let the Right One In begs to differ.


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The Game Changing Story Behind Rooster Teeth’s Sci-Fi Opus

Lazer Team is a rollicking sci-fi adventure that manages to translate Rooster Teeth’s signature charm into a feature film format. The film is much more than a fun viewing experience, it’s also a bit of a film industry anomaly! What did Rooster Teeth do differently to market their movie? HOW THE HELL did they secure a $2.4 million budget?! In what ways was this project different than your typical indie film? These are the questions we’re answering today!

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Profiling the Film Giants of The Director’s Chair

Robert Rodriguez’s The Director’s Chair is like the Super Smash Brothers of contemporary filmmakers—seeing people from all across the film industry come together with Rodriguez for an intimate chat has an oddly similar appeal to the all-star fighting game. We wanted to shine a light on some of the amazing creators featured on the show, so we decided to profile the careers of some of the talented film greats featured on the show!

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Film Buff Week is Coming

Did you know VRV has a lot of good movies? Like… A LOT of good movies? Well it does, and we wanted to highlight them with a weeklong celebration of cinema called Film Buff Week! Every day starting tomorrow and running through Sunday, February 18th, we’ll be highlighting a different genre of movie that’s well represented on the site. To mark this LOVELY EVENT, I decided to list out some of my favorite films on VRV below!

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Your Weekly Guide to VRV 2/12 – 2/18

You find yourself in an abandoned movie theater. A thick layer of dust coats everything from the ornate banisters lining the stairway to the faded, crumbling movie posters in glass frames. You slowly ascend the stairway and hear a crinkling sound underfoot. It’s an aged pamphlet. You pick it up and see the words “Coming Soon: VRV Film Buff Week” in ornate lettering on its cover. You reach the top of the stairs and come to a nondescript door. You open it to reveal a projection room, crowded with hundreds of film reels. One calls out to you. You spool it through the projector and turn it on. Through the projectionist’s window you see the theater screen illuminate with the words “Your Weekly Guide to VRV.” Sit back and enjoy its contents:

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Highlights From The Amazing Career of Cat Agent’s Kent Osborne

Today marks the premiere of Season 2 of Mondo’s Cat Agent, and to celebrate, we wanted to highlight its creator: Kent Osborne! A true Jack of all Trades, Osborne’s talents for writing, directing, producing, voice acting, and songwriting are spread over a storied career spanning more than 20 animated series, movies, and television shows. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights of his impact in the world of entertainment!

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A Beginner’s Guide to the McElroy Brothers

Maybe you stumbled upon a funny clip from their podcast. Maybe you’ve seen some of their video game journalism work. Maybe you have some friends who cosplay characters from The Adventure Zone. However you went about it, you’ve probably encountered some form of content created by the McElroy Brothers. This post will serve as a guide for those looking to dive even deeper into the media empire created by Justin, Travis, and Griffin!

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Your Weekly Guide to VRV 2/5 – 2/11

You find yourself in an ancient ruin, the crumbling walls thick with moss and overgrown vines. The vast corridor you walk through is completely silent, save for the echoing of your footsteps. You notice a dim glow ahead. You begin to approach, tentatively at first, but the warm light compels you to go faster and faster, until you break into a full sprint. At last you reach the source of the mysterious light: a pedestal. You’ve found them. You found the Sacred Texts. You wipe off the thick film of dust to reveal, in ornate script, the title of the volume: Your Weekly Guide to VRV. You crack the spine and find the following eldritch knowledge: