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Month: January 2013

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [19] War Witch – One Nomination

WAR WITCH One foreign language film in and already I’m blown away. The seventh Canadian film ever to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film, it would be the second to actually win, behind 2003’s “The Barbarian Invasions” from director Denys Arcand. This year director Kim Nguyen takes the nomination, with the film “War Witch” headed by Rachel Mwanza, another … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [19] War Witch – One Nomination

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Tuesday Releases: Paranormal Activity 4 & Seven Psychopaths

JANUARY 29TH, 2013 PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4 // Even with a new blonde lead, a slimmer Katie Featherston, and the use of webcams and Kinect sensors, “Paranormal Activity 4” does little to revitalize the series, with more fake-outs than actual scares, several moments that are not paced properly, including an incident with a knife that could have paid off tenfold had it held off longer, … Read More Tuesday Releases: Paranormal Activity 4 & Seven Psychopaths

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Theatrical Releases: Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, Parker, & Movie 43

HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS || While partaking in “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” I had a few revelations. For starters, there are not enough R rated fantasy films being made. As tawdry as this film could sometimes come off, there was enough blood, nudity, and violence to satisfy in the most menial but effective ways. Also, the use of actuals for the creature … Read More Theatrical Releases: Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, Parker, & Movie 43

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [18] Searching For Sugar Man – One Nomination

SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN Of all the films up for Best Documentary Feature, “Searching For Sugar Man” appears to be the favorite among Oscar experts. With winning producer Simon Chinn (“Man On Wire” (2008)) at the helm, this heartfelt, hybrid documentary takes you on a journey through the life of singer/songwriter Rodriguez, starting with him recording his first album, to being forgotten, to reemerging … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [18] Searching For Sugar Man – One Nomination

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [17] Prometheus – One Nomination

PROMETHEUS If the Visual Effects award was given to the film with the most use of visual effects (quantity), “Prometheus” would be the odds-on favorite. But since they must also (and should also) take into consideration is quality and creativity, the nominees earn themselves an equal playing field. However, as with any science fiction film, it’s hard to separate the film from the visual … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [17] Prometheus – One Nomination

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [16] Les Misérables – Eight Nominations

LES MISÉRABLES BEST PICTURE Sadly, despite early buzzing, “Les Misérables” lost its chance of winning Best Picture when it failed to garner both a directing nomination for Tom Hooper and an Adapted Screenplay nomination, both of which are almost a prerequisite for winning the ultimate prize for Best Picture. Since “Les Misérables” failed to reel those nominations in, it will have to settle for … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [16] Les Misérables – Eight Nominations

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Tuesday Releases: End Of Watch & For A Good Time, Call…

JANUARY 22ND, 2013 FOR A GOOD TIME, CALL… // “For a Good Time, Call…” works splendidly with its appealing leading ladies Lauren Anne Miller and Ari Graynor, both of which take their first time leading roles to the next level. Justin Long also continues his long run of being the gay best friend, to which he has perfected over the course of several different … Read More Tuesday Releases: End Of Watch & For A Good Time, Call…

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [15] Beasts Of The Southern Wild – Four Nominations

BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD BEST PICTURE On the morning of Oscar nomination announcements, it didn’t come as a complete surprise that “Beasts of the Southern Wild” was nominated for Best Picture. Although I was not entirely sure it would make the cut, I had a feeling that if the Best Picture nominations went to 9 or 10, that it would make it and … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [15] Beasts Of The Southern Wild – Four Nominations

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [14] Moonrise Kingdom – One Nomination

MOONRISE KINGDOM One of my favorite screenplays of the year, Wes Anderson has a way about writing that brings out the comedic in the most mundane of ways. Set around two runaway children and the search party of family, friends, and khaki scouts, you never quite know where a Wes Anderson comedy is going to take you, but you love the adventure it takes … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [14] Moonrise Kingdom – One Nomination

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [13] 5 Broken Cameras – One Nomination

5 BROKEN CAMERAS I believe my review says everything needed to be said about this amazing documentary. Out of the three documentaries I have viewed thus far, this is my personal pick to win, although I have a feeling the more talked about “The Invisible War” could have a better shot. REVIEW Any human being willing to put their life on the line to … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [13] 5 Broken Cameras – One Nomination

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One Minute Review: Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

Release Date June 27, 2012 Director Benh Zeitlin Screenplay Lucy Alibar Benh Zeitlin Based On The Play By Lucy Alibar Distributed By Fox Searchlight Pictures Budget $1.8 million Adventure, Drama, Fantasy Rated PG-13 for thematic material including child imperilment, some disturbing images, language and brief sensuality 91 minutes Beasts Of The Southern Wild Impressive on most accounts, “Beasts of the Southern Wild” makes the … Read More One Minute Review: Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

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One Minute Review: 5 Broken Cameras (2012)

Release Date May 30, 2012 Director Emad Burnat Guy Davidi Screenplay Guy Davidi Distributed By Kino Lorber Documentary, War Rated NR 118 minutes 5 Broken Cameras Any human being willing to put their life on the line to document certain political activities, whether knowledgeable (or not) of what that action might entail or lead to, is an important historical figure in my book. In … Read More One Minute Review: 5 Broken Cameras (2012)