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Month: February 2014

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Theatrical Releases: Non-Stop & Son Of God

Whenever an action film blows my expectations, I am apt to give it more credit than it is probably due. It’s like being impressed by the habitual underachiever. Much like last year’s “The Last Stand” with Arnold Schwarzenegger, I was left impressed enough to warrant a higher rating than normal and Liam Neeson’s plane thriller “Non-Stop” left the exact same way. Yes, the twists … Read More Theatrical Releases: Non-Stop & Son Of God

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2014 Oscars Challenge: [36] 12 Years A Slave – Nine Nominations

Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen and Anthony Katagas “12 Years A Slave” is the film that will be remembered from 2013. It does matter if this wins or “Gravity” wins or even “American Hustle”. What matters is that this film explored the nature of history and of slavery unlike any film before its time, from a black director who makes an … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [36] 12 Years A Slave – Nine Nominations

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Tuesday Releases: Gravity & Thor: The Dark World

FEBRUARY 25TH, 2014 GRAVITY// “Gravity” is many things, all of which are outstanding, to say the least. “Gravity” is the best use of 3D to date, dealing on a layer of superb cinematography and directorial forethought to allow for things such as an extremely long take to open the film. “Gravity” produces the best performance of Sandra Bullock’s career, as Dr. Ryan Stone, a … Read More Tuesday Releases: Gravity & Thor: The Dark World

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2014 Oscars Challenge: [35] Omar – One Nomination

Palestine Every year the Academy Awards brings to light films that I otherwise would have never seen and more often than not, it is in the Best Foreign Feature category that I discover these amazing films. Most notably, I remember seeing “Dogtooth” (2009) and being absolutely blown away by how much I loved the film. This year, three foreign films have blown me away. … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [35] Omar – One Nomination

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2014 Oscars Challenge: [34] The Missing Picture – One Nomination

Cambodia Cambodia’s foreign film entry “The Missing Picture” is a multi-media exploration of the Kampuchean Revolution in 1975, of which very few images remain. To counteract these “missing pictures”, the film-makers create clay models of himself and many of the surrounding Cambodians to reenact the damage done by Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge. The real marvel is the inclusion of the archival footage … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [34] The Missing Picture – One Nomination

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2014 Oscars Challenge: [33] All Is Lost – One Nomination

Steve Boeddeker and Richard Hymns “All Is Lost” is the epitome of sound design. With Robert Redford having a handful of lines throughout the entire piece, the film completely relies on the sounds surrounding the character, whether it be the waves crashing against the boat while Redford is down below in the living quarters, whether it be the growing storm around Redford and the … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [33] All Is Lost – One Nomination

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2014 Oscars Challenge: [32] Inside Llewyn Davis – Two Nominations

Bruno Delbonnel I knew from the moment that I first saw “Inside Llewyn Davis” that the cinematography was extraordinary. With a faded quality that transports you to that era, yet a brilliance in color and lighting, these visuals help the film stand out and give it an ethereal quality that made it one of my favorite films of the year. Usually garnering more Academy … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [32] Inside Llewyn Davis – Two Nominations

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One Minute Review: The Square (2013) [4.0]

THE SQUARE // If there is one thing I learned about myself while watching “The Square”, it is that I am completely out of touch with the worldwide news. Taking a candid look at the Egyptian population fighting their government for freedom, this political struggle has been transpiring since 2011 and I literally had no idea it was happening. Originally led by a dictator, … Read More One Minute Review: The Square (2013) [4.0]

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One Minute Review: The Missing Picture (2013) [3.0]

THE MISSING PICTURE // Cambodia’s foreign film entry “The Missing Picture” is a multi-media exploration of the Kampuchean Revolution in 1975, of which very few images remain. To counteract these “missing pictures”, the filmmaker creates clay models of himself and many of the surrounding Cambodians to reenact the damage done by Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge. The real marvel of the film is … Read More One Minute Review: The Missing Picture (2013) [3.0]

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Theatrical Releases: 3 Days To Kill & Pompeii

“3 Days To Kill” definitely does not look amazing, but in the same vein as the “Taken” films, produced by Luc Besson and directed by McG, this film cannot be a complete waste of time. Kevin Costner takes over the Liam Neeson role as the killer dad, but this time he’s dying of some illness to which his old company has the cure, lead … Read More Theatrical Releases: 3 Days To Kill & Pompeii

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Tuesday Releases: Afternoon Delight

FEBRUARY 18TH, 2014 AFTERNOON DELIGHT // Excuse the pun, but Juno Temple is a delight. Unafraid of her sexuality and always adding a deeper level to any of her characters, no matter how shallow, she is so enigmatic that even scenes where she’s in the background, she can be caught stealing it. Innocent and down-to-earth, her characters take on a reality and authenticity that … Read More Tuesday Releases: Afternoon Delight

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2014 Oscars Challenge: [31] Ernest And Celestine – One Nomination

Benjamin Renner and Didier Brunner Having made it to a preview screening of this foreign animated film in the theaters, I can easily say that the audience loved it. Adults and children alike were cracking up at the well timed and well drawn jokes throughout the course of this film. As a bear and mouse attempt to be friends in a segregated world where … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [31] Ernest And Celestine – One Nomination