Author: Jake Peter

Jake Peter

Jake Peter is a senior journalism major at Emerson College who enjoys writing about film even though he still hasn’t seen Titanic.

Articles Written by Jake Peter:

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I, Daniel Blake Review

Governments often treat their dependents with callous indifference. They reduce citizens struggling to meet their most basic needs to statistics in order to shirk responsibility for their suffering. The moving indie drama I, Daniel Blake spotlights this inhumane treatment of poverty-stricken people. More importantly, it personifies those who are failed by the institutions created to… Read more »

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Beat the Algorithm: Top Five Hidden Gems on Netflix

Sifting through the glut of content available on streaming services can sometimes feel like more work than it’s worth. Algorithms that supposedly know your tastes better than yourself present wave after wave of movies and series spanning all genres and eras. Even the most focused browsers can find themselves lost in the weeds. Netflix is… Read more »

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“I Trapped the Devil” Review: An Indie Holiday Nightmare

The sinister Christmas movie I Trapped the Devil was released on April 26, 2019, following its debut at the Imagine Film Festival. Josh Lobo wrote, directed, and edited this 80-minute seasonal horror film that centers around Steve (Scott Poythress), a paranoid man living alone who gets an unexpected visit from his brother Matt (AJ Bown)… Read more »

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One Year Later, “Blow The Man Down” Deserves Another Chance

Blow The Man Down, an Amazon original film written and directed by Bridget Savage Cole and Danielle Krudy, was released on Amazon Prime on March 20, 2020. However, despite its critical success and 10 award nominations, which include a win for Best Screenplay at the Tribeca Film Festival , it never received the media attention… Read more »

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Black Bear, Ammonite, Enemies of the State, and some Halloween Schlock at the 29th Philadelphia Film Festival

The Philadelphia Film Festival launched its virtual and drive-in screenings on Oct. 23, but there’s still time to catch some of the 69 films before the festival closes with Sonia Kennebec’s documentary, Enemies of the State, on November 2. Following the precedent set by several other festivals, the Philadelphia Film Society adopted the hybrid strategy… Read more »