Cinematic Slant

Cinematic Slant is where I write about movies, including the campaign recaps I’ve been doing since 2004 along with other news and opinions.

Going In Style (After the Campaign Review): The movie is enjoyable enough as a light-hearted comedy, which is how it was sold. It left me wanting more on a few fronts, though.

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Call Me By Your Name – Marketing Recap: Sony has put together a nice campaign for the movie that emphasizes not only the emotions felt by Elio and Oliver but, of course, the gorgeous locations in which the story takes place. This *looks* like a high-end art film that is going to have limited appeal to the mainstream audience.

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Hollywood Is Out of Unoriginal Ideas: What seems to be building speed is not just the adaptation of existing material but taking second or third stabs at doing so in a very short period of time.

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Coco – Marketing Recap: …there’s a wonderful branding that flows throughout the campaign. From the colors to the title treatment, no matter where you encounter an element of the marketing it’s clearly tied to the movie.

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What Happened to Justice League?: So what happened? How do you fail to capitalize on the promise of assembling some of the best-known superheroes in popular culture into a single film? Turns out there are a variety of factors that lead to Justice League underperforming, and that’s without even counting.

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Darkest Hour – Marketing Recap: If the audience isn’t too busy seeking fluffy entertainment that distracts them from the problems of the world this weekend, it might just find inspiration in this story.

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This Writing Life

This Writing Life is where I share my thoughts, experiences and tips on the writing process.

What Did You Imagine A Writer Looked Like?: I had few, if any, real-world references for what a writer looked like or was expected to do. There was no one I could turn to and look at as an example. My impressions were almost solely formed by the media I consumed.


Chris Thilk is a freelance writer and content strategist who lives in the Chicago suburbs.