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About Sam Watermeier If there were an AA-type program for film addicts, Sam Watermeier would have to be dragged to the meetings. He has been hooked on movies since he can remember. As a child, he lived at the magical, candy-colored multiplex, drooling over movies as if they were sacred writ. In junior high, Sam discovered the film writing of Roger Ebert and Owen Gleiberman. The brilliant way they, like film itself, related the particular to the universal inspired him to write about all-things-cinema. In high school, Sam became a film critic for the Carmel High School HiLite. After graduating, he sent his portfolio to NUVO Newsweekly just for kicks and giggles. He's been interning there ever since, writing film reviews and profiles of local filmmakers. Check out his work at When he's not yapping away across the vast reaches of cyberspace, Sam is a student at Ball State University, majoring in Telecommunications. Sam's top ten favorite films are: "Hellraiser," "The Matrix," "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre," "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial," "Edward Scissorhands," "Fargo," "GoodFellas," "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," "Happiness," and "Scream."
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This Magic Moment: Top Five Christopher Nolan Scenes

In honor of Christopher Nolan’s new film, “Interstellar,” Sam takes a look back at the director’s most memorable scenes. Continue reading

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Jake Gyllenhaal exudes scary magnetism in this slice of mean streets life worthy of comparison to Martin Scorsese’s early films. Continue reading

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Gone Girl

Unlike David Fincher’s other films, this one doesn’t offer much beyond its alluring air of mystery. Continue reading

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This Magic Moment: Top Five David Fincher Scenes

Sam takes a look back at director David Fincher’s finest moments in anticipation of his new film, “Gone Girl.” Continue reading

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This Magic Moment: Offbeat Heroes at Their Finest

In honor of “Guardians of the Galaxy” coming to theaters this weekend, Sam takes a look at some other offbeat superheroes and their finest moments. Continue reading

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Venus in Fur

Roman Polanski’s latest film is one of his most intriguing tales of treachery. Continue reading

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The Yap’s Own Joshua Hull in the Director’s Chair

Film Yap writer Joshua Hull is finding himself in the position of the filmmakers he writes about on this website. Continue reading

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This Magic Moment: The Terminator (1984)

If you’re looking for a robot nightmare more vivid and focused than “Transformers,” look no further than this 1984 classic. Continue reading

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This Magic Moment: Unforgiven (1992)

In this first entry of his new weekly column, Sam writes about a powerful scene in which Clint Eastwood sheds his decades-old tough-guy veneer. Continue reading

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Jon Favreau’s best film emerges as a perfect food movie. Continue reading

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