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Month: February 2013

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One Minute Review: Sympathy For Mr. Vengenace (2002)

Release Date June 14, 2002 Director Chan-Wook Park Screenplay Chan-Wook Park Lee Jae-soon Lee Moo-young Lee Yong-jong Distributed By CJ Entertainment Thriller Rated R for strong gruesome violence, strong sexuality, language and drug use 129 minutes Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance More visual gore than warranted content, “Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance” takes the revenge thriller to strange heights. Often beautiful yet frequently gruesome, “Sympathy” is … Read More One Minute Review: Sympathy For Mr. Vengenace (2002)

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One Minute Review: For Ellen (2012)

Release Date January 21, 2012 Director So Yong Kim Screenplay So Yong Kim Distributed By Tribeca Film Drama Rated NR 94 minutes For Ellen Paul Dano leads this emotionally taut drama as Joby Taylor, an aspiring musician who returns home to find his ex-wife is looking to gain sole custody of his young daughter. “For Ellen” lives and breathes with Dano’s high caliber performance, … Read More One Minute Review: For Ellen (2012)

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One Minute Review: A Haunted House (2013)

Release Date January 11, 2013 Director Michael Tiddes Screenplay Marlon Wayans Rick Alvarez Distributed By Open Road Films Budget $2.5 million Comedy, Fantasy, Horror Rated R for crude and sexual content, language and some drug use 86 minutes A Haunted House “A Haunted House” is on a borderline. While it is mostly not funny or even creative, it is actually better than the upcoming … Read More One Minute Review: A Haunted House (2013)

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Tuesday Releases: Chasing Mavericks & The Master

FEBRUARY 26TH, 2013 HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE // Without a doubt one of the best activism documentaries I have ever seen, “How to Survive a Plague” wholly engages while still educating, built off of archival footage and news programs from the time of the major AIDS outbreak in the ’80s through the battle to save those infected against a hostile, somewhat homophobic government … Read More Tuesday Releases: Chasing Mavericks & The Master

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [32] A Royal Affair – One Nomination

A ROYAL AFFAIR If I were picking the official winners, “A Royal Affair” would be my pick for Best Foreign Language Feature. As much as everyone is talking up “Amour”, there was no foreign film this year that held my attention more, produced more A-list performances, and brought a maturity and spectacular form to a period piece like that of “A Royal Affair”. Everything … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [32] A Royal Affair – One Nomination

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [31] Life Of Pi – Eleven Nominations

LIFE OF PI BEST PICTURE As strong of a film as “Life Of Pi” is, I do not see it winning Best Picture. In my opinion it’s down to “Argo” and “Lincoln”, with one of them taking the major award. But that doesn’t mean “Life Of Pi” won’t clean up. It’s going to win several awards out of its eleven nominations and it will … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [31] Life Of Pi – Eleven Nominations

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85th Academy Award Winners

Since most of my votes went with “Lincoln”, my final tally was a little off, but I still got 17 categories right, which I choose to believe is rather good for such an unpredictable year. Although I don’t feel “Argo” was the obvious choice for Best Picture, especially without any acting or directing nominations, I refuse to be bitter about it and will simply … Read More 85th Academy Award Winners

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [30] No – One Nomination

NO As much as I enjoyed “No”, it never quite felt like an Academy Award worthy film, with its strange film quality. The story, however, did come off very Oscar friendly, bring a social injustice to light in a unique and humorous way. Gael Garcia Bernal also carries the film, adding a flair and familiar face to the Chilean film. Will it win? Not … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [30] No – One Nomination

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [29] Skyfall – Five Nominations

SKYFALL BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY All I have to say is that this better be Roger Deakins’ year. He’s been nominated ten times now (complete list) and has never won a single Academy Award. Now, he has another shot this year with one of my favorite films of 2012, “Skyfall”, made immensely more enjoyable by the amazing cinematography. With a grandness and epic sense to the … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [29] Skyfall – Five Nominations

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Oscars Watch: 85th Academy Award Predictions

This being one of the most unpredictable years at the Oscars, I can’t say that I am very confident in any of my picks. I am not done with the Oscar Challenge as of yet, but I am far enough along to make my picks. Most years I go with popular consensus, but with this year being up in the air, I decided to … Read More Oscars Watch: 85th Academy Award Predictions

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Theatrical Releases: Dark Skies & Snitch

The first time I saw this trailer, I thought it would be another paranormal, haunting movie but when it turns into an alien invasion story, I became just a slightly more interested, more in the fact that it hasn’t really been done in horror style since “Signs”. With a mixture of “The Happening” and “Signs”, I will have to see this film just to … Read More Theatrical Releases: Dark Skies & Snitch

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Tuesday Releases: Anna Karenina & Argo

FEBRUARY 19TH, 2013 ANNA KARENINA // Despite its tragic and flawed characters, “Anna Karenina” is both visually evocative and perfectly stylized, combining the ideas and set design of live theater with the motions and photography of the cinema. In one of Keira Knightley’s best performances yet, she still does not command enough wherewithal to sell herself as leading lady material, lacking a certain charm … Read More Tuesday Releases: Anna Karenina & Argo