Tag: 12 years a slave

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Rest In Peace, Chris Cornell: (1964-2017)

CHRIS CORNELL July 20, 1964 – May 17, 2017 (age 52) Cause of Death: Apparent Suicide by Hanging Iconic frontmen are few and far between, so when we lose one unexpectedly, it tends to hurt that much more. Even if you did not know of Chris Cornell, you have definitely come across his voice at least once in your life. “Black Hole Sun” is … Read More Rest In Peace, Chris Cornell: (1964-2017)

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Tuesday Releases: 12 Years A Slave & The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

MARCH 4TH, 2014 12 YEARS A SLAVE // There’s no getting around it, “12 Years A Slave” is an intense journey of a free man who is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the 1800s. Directed by the ever incredible Steve McQueen (“Hunger”, “Shame”), the film has a rich, emotional foundation that McQueen thrives in, with lingering close-ups and uncomfortably long takes, the cinematography … Read More Tuesday Releases: 12 Years A Slave & The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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86th Academy Awards Winners

This year’s Academy Awards was a testament to the amazing films that were made in 2013 and the best example of that is being able to root for absolutely every film and never feeling bad regardless of the win. Of course there were categories that I was strongly cheering for, like “12 Years A Slave” in Best Picture and “Her” in Best Original Screenplay. … Read More 86th Academy Awards Winners

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86th Annual Academy Awards Predictions

And with the final film viewed for this Oscar Season, I complete the challenge of 42 films in 46 days. Now to put out some predictions, which, for the second year in a row I am not completely confident in, as some of the categories feel way too close to call including the Best Picture, which all of us will be waiting for with … Read More 86th Annual Academy Awards Predictions

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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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Oscars Watch: 86th Academy Awards Nomination Predictions

Most years I find it difficult to predict the nominations for the Oscars. With so many great films to have to choose from, weighing what I think will get nominated over what I want to get nominated, and the unpredictable nature of the Academy, there’s almost no way to completely be sure of your choices. But as with every year, I gave it my … Read More Oscars Watch: 86th Academy Awards Nomination Predictions

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Oscars Watch: 2014 DGA, PGA, & WGA Nominees

DIRECTORS GUILD  Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity” Paul Greengrass, “Captain Phillips” Steve McQueen, “12 Years A Slave” David O. Russell, “American Hustle” Martin Scorsese, “The Wolf Of Wall Street”   PRODUCERS GUILD FEATURE “12 Years a Slave” “American Hustle” “Blue Jasmine” “Captain Phillips” “Dallas Buyers Club” “Gravity” “Her” “Nebraska” “Saving Mr. Banks” “The Wolf of Wall Street” ANIMATED “The Croods,” “Despicable Me 2” “Epic” “Frozen” “Monsters … Read More Oscars Watch: 2014 DGA, PGA, & WGA Nominees

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Spotlight: Ten Favorite Films Of 2013

As the year draws to a close, the “best of” lists begin to surface, with the cinefiles putting the best and worst of 2013 behind them and getting ready for the onslaught of brand new movies to come in the new year. Having seen almost 400 films this year, it feels only fitting to compile a list of my favorites as well. I look … Read More Spotlight: Ten Favorite Films Of 2013

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Oscars Shortlist: 75 Original Songs Shortlisted for 86th Academy Awards

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION: SEVENTY-FIVE ORIGINAL SONGS And we’re down to seventy-five Original Songs, meaning songs that have music and lyrics written specifically for the film they are contained in and apparently, an original song that starts the credits (but none after, which is too bad for the original songs following Coldplay in the credits of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”). The odds-on favorite to … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 75 Original Songs Shortlisted for 86th Academy Awards

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Oscars Watch: 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Award Nominees

In this year’s Oscar race, the question isn’t between two films vying for the win like most years, although “Gravity” versus “12 Years A Slave” seems to be the big two, it’s whether or not you believe “The Butler” should be recognized. Supposedly snubbed by the Golden Globes nominations, SAG went the other route and is choosing to recognize Forest Whittaker and Oprah Winfrey … Read More Oscars Watch: 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Award Nominees

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Oscars Watch: 71st Annual Golden Globes Nominees

The Golden Globes is held by the Hollywood Foreign Press, and often years, we write off these awards as a precursor to the Academy Awards because of the Drama-Comedy split. But as the years have gone by, many of the winners picked here will go on to win Oscars and for that you must at least pay attention. Also, people tend to weigh the … Read More Oscars Watch: 71st Annual Golden Globes Nominees

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Oscars Watch: 23rd IFP Gotham Independent Film Award Nominees

GOTHAM AWARDS NOMINATIONS Best Feature “12 Years a Slave” – Steve McQueen, director “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” – David Lowery, director “Before Midnight” – Richard Linklater, director “Inside Llewyn Davis” – Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, directors “Upstream Color” – Shane Carruth, director Best Documentary “The Act of Killing” – Joshua Oppenheimer, director “The Crash Reel” – Lucy Walker, director “First Cousin Once Removed” … Read More Oscars Watch: 23rd IFP Gotham Independent Film Award Nominees

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One Minute Review: 12 Years A Slave (2013)

Release Date October 18, 2013 Director Steve McQueen Screenplay John Ridley Based On The Memoirs By Solomon Northup Distributed By Fox Searchlight Pictures Budget $17.1 million Biography, Drama, History Rated R for violence/cruelty, some nudity and brief sexuality 133 minutes 12 Years A Slave There’s no getting around it, “12 Years A Slave” is an intense journey of a free man who is kidnapped … Read More One Minute Review: 12 Years A Slave (2013)

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Theatrical Releases: Carrie & The Fifth Estate

Based on a true story and following in the wake of critical acclaim and an enormous Oscar buzz, “12 Years A Slave follows Solomon Northup played by Chiwetel Ejiofor, as he goes from free black man to kidnapped slave. With a phenomenal supporting cast in Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Paul Dano, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Paul Giamatti, director Steve McQueen (“Shame”) is the man to … Read More Theatrical Releases: Carrie & The Fifth Estate