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About Sam Watermeier

http://www.thefilmyap.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/ProfilePic.jpg 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 www.nuvo.net. 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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Sam’s Top 10 Films of 2013

2013 was a fun, enriching year at the movies. Here’s what Sam’s heart told him were the year’s best films. Continue reading

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4.5 yaps

Carrie

While the original “Carrie” is an essential horror film, this year’s remake is an essential high school drama that happens to have horror elements. Continue reading

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3.5 yaps

Jobs

“Jobs” is not a grand biopic, but it’s an enchanting reminder of the childlike wonder with which we should view technology and its creators. Continue reading

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4 yaps

Blackfish

A documentary about SeaWorld that feels like a prison drama, “Blackfish” proves that truth is stranger than fiction. Continue reading

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3.5 yaps

The Way, Way Back

Surprisingly subtle within a genre steeped in sap, this summer vacation dramedy is often refreshingly reserved, but it also proves that less isn’t always more. Continue reading

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4 yaps

The Cell (2000)

For anyone curious about diving into horror, this film offers the ultimate plunge — a journey inside the mind of a killer. Continue reading

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5 yaps

Superman Revisited

In honor of “Man of Steel,” Sam takes a look back at “Superman,” which is as much an epic American biopic as it is a superhero spectacle. Continue reading

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8mm (1999)

This criminally underrated film is the kind of thriller Hitchcock would have made if he were around in the ’90s. Continue reading

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Ronald Short, writer/director of “Billi & Theodore”

Indiana-bred filmmaker Ronald Short walks the path of Richard Linklater with his freewheeling road trip comedy. Continue reading

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Sam’s Top 10 Films of 2012

The world didn’t end, but the line between popcorn entertainment and intimate drama was almost invisible in 2012. Continue reading

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