Tag: Academy Awards

2019 Oscars Challenge: [4] “Hale County This Morning, This Evening” – Best Documentary Feature

“HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING”RaMell Ross, Joslyn Barnes and Su Kim Director: RaMell RossProducers: Joslyn Barnes & RaMell Ross Writers: RaMell Ross & Maya Krinsky Cinematography: RaMell RossEditor: RaMell RossComposer: Scott Alario, Forest Kelley, and Alex SomersDistributor: The Cinema GuildRelease Date: September 14, 2018Run-time: 76 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: The dreams and everyday experiences of friends Daniel and Quincy, and also those of Boosie, … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [4] “Hale County This Morning, This Evening” – Best Documentary Feature

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2019 Oscars Challenge: [3] “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” – Three Nominations

CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant,Nicole Holofcener, & Jeff Whitty Director: Marielle HellerProducers: Anne Carey, Amy Nauiokas, and David YarnellWriters: Nicole Holofcener and Jeff WhittyBased On: “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” by Lee IsraelCinematography: Brandon TrostEditor: Anne McCabeComposer: Nate HellerDistributors: Fox Searchlight PicturesRelease Date: October 19, 2018Run-time: 107 minutes MELISSA McCARTHY CHARACTER SYNOPSIS: As Lee Israel, Melissa McCarthy plays a biographer … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [3] “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” – Three Nominations

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Oscars Watch: Jimmy Kimmel to Host 90th Anniversary of the Oscars

Unlike the accountants of PricewaterhouseCoopers, Jimmy Kimmel will be returning to the Academy Awards for the second consecutive year. Infamously handing out the wrong envelope at the conclusion of the broadcast last year, the accountants were responsible for Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway mistaking the Best Picture winner to be La La Land, when really it was Moonlight. And although the producers of La … Read More Oscars Watch: Jimmy Kimmel to Host 90th Anniversary of the Oscars

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2015 Oscars Challenge: 6th Annual Oscar Challenge: And So It Begins…

Summer blockbuster season ends and immediately the masses are turning their heads to the Oscars. Of course, five months is a long time to wait for the nominations, but the ride to those nominations becomes half of the fun of this time of year. Instead of audiences racing to their local theater chains to catch the latest major motion picture blockbusters like “Transformers” or … Read More 2015 Oscars Challenge: 6th Annual Oscar Challenge: And So It Begins…

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One Minute Review: Cutie And The Boxer (2013) [3.0]

CUTIE AND THE BOXER // “Cutie And The Boxer” is the story of the artistic couple, Noriko and Ushio Shinohara, living in their Manhattan flat attempting to make ends meet through their art. Having moved from Japan to the United States, Ushio found slight stardom from his transition into the New York art scene. His sculptures made from recycled cardboard and his paintings made … Read More One Minute Review: Cutie And The Boxer (2013) [3.0]

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One Minute Review: Philomena (2013) [3.5]

PHILOMENA // Human emotion is a complicated yet beautiful thing. Captured like lightning bugs in a bottle, the Academy Award nominated “Philomena” displays these complicated emotions in full force. Based on the true story of Philomena Lee, whose baby boy was taken from her by the nuns in the convent that took her in and adopted him away without her permission, Dame Judi Dench … Read More One Minute Review: Philomena (2013) [3.5]

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One Minute Review: The Great Beauty (2013) [4.0]

THE GREAT BEAUTY (LA GRANDE BELLEZZA) // Having won the Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Feature, “The Great Beauty” or “La Grande Bellezza” was one of the only foreign film anyone was talking about this Oscar season. Setting the bar high for foreign film contenders, with amazing visuals and memorable performances, this French film is filled with breathtaking sequences and … Read More One Minute Review: The Great Beauty (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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One Minute Review: Ernest And Celestine (2013) [4.0]

ERNEST AND CELESTINE // For lack of a better term, “Ernest And Celestine” is cute. It is cutely drawn, reviving the hand drawn animation style, the characters are cute, and the voices (in French) are cute. 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 … Read More One Minute Review: Ernest And Celestine (2013) [4.0]

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One Minute Review: The Act Of Killing (2013) [3.5]

THE ACT OF KILLING // A once-in-a-lifetime documentary about paramilitary leaders (also known as death squad leaders) in Indonesia, “The Act Of Killing” interviews these men about their practices and even has them reenact some of the vicious things they have done, all while unconsciously unraveling them to the point where the film ends with the main death squad leader, Anwar Congo, dry heaving … Read More One Minute Review: The Act Of Killing (2013) [3.5]

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One Minute Review: The Hunt (2013) [4.5]

THE HUNT // Evoking one of the most emotionally conflicted responses I have ever had during a film, Thomas Vinterberg’s latest foreign language film, “The Hunt” will have you yelling at the screen in no time. Some films benefit from keeping its secrets until the very end, playing close to the chest, and shocking audiences with reveals. “The Hunt” is an example of a … Read More One Minute Review: The Hunt (2013) [4.5]

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One Minute Review: 20 Feet From Stardom (2013) [3.0]

20 FEET FROM STARDOM // Following the story of some of the most prestigious back up singers in music, “20 Feet From Stardom” pleasantly surprises, providing a relatable and insightful look at the music industry. Including interviews with Darlene Love, Judith Hill, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Táta Vega, and Jo Lawry, and spanning decades with these women lending their vocals in some of the … Read More One Minute Review: 20 Feet From Stardom (2013) [3.0]