Posts Tagged ‘academy’

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[Reviewed by: Alex Miller]

Perhaps one of the best examples of how bad the Academy is at picking the best film of the year, Mulholland Dr. was not even nominated for Best Picture in 2001. Instead they chose Ron Howard’s competent but all too formulaic and forgettable A Beautiful Mind that year. Although Director David Lynch (The Elephant Man, Dune, Lost Highway) did win Best Director at Cannes, it took time for some people to give the film the acclaim it truly deserves. It’s understandable in that if there was ever a film that DEMANDED repeat viewings it is this one. It is the first and only movie I have ever watched and then immediately rewinded and watched again (mind you it’s a 2.5hr long movie). I was interested but confused the first time, understandably so I think. The second time I wanted to go erect a statue in my yard in dedication to this cinematic achievement. If you missed out on this film when it came out, STOP READING as it is impossible to discuss this movie at any level of detail without completely ruining it for you. Go watch it, then read this, then go watch it again. (more…)

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[Reviewed by: Danny Moltrasi]

“We gotta do somethin'. I can't tell you what it is, you can never ask me about it after we're done, and we're gonna hurt some people.”

Bank heist film, The Town, written, starring and directed byBen Affleck, is a very confidently made movie, with someone who is clearly better director than actor at its helm. Despite an overall well-paced film, and confidence enough to take the foot off the pedal at times to just tell the story, the action sequences do drag the film down. Watching cars fly about and bullets skim police officers just doesn’t cut it when compared to the rest of The Town, which in general, is a good film. (more…)

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[Reviewed by: Danny Moltrasi]

“I’ll find him...”

After visiting another 2010 Sundance film previously with Cyrus, we now move onto the winner of both the Grand Jury Prize: Best Dramatic Film as well as the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award. That film is Winter’s Bone, written and directed by Debra Granik. As the title suggests, the film is cold, distant and sparse, however, that does not stop it from being an extremely effecting film. It is a simple story, but one done with such emotion that it elevates it from your average film. (more…)

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[Reviewed by: Alex Miller]

I finally got a chance to check out the new film Get Low starring Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, & Bill Murray. I went back and read my trailer review afterwards, and I think the trailer did give a really good idea of what to expect. However, this film did surprise me in a lot of ways and it is probably the best movie I’ve seen in theaters since Inception. Let’s take a look. (more…)

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[Posted by: Alex Miller]

Think you’ve seen a lot of movies? Well Gwilym Hughes had seen more. How can I be so sure? The Guinness Book of World Records says so. In 2008, he officially became the world’s most frequent movie-watcher having seen over 28,075 of them. He then continued to average about 14 movies a week after that, documenting every one. What makes his passing yesterday even more tragic is that he put his love of film to good use. While he was alive he worked with over 10 charities putting his film collections on display for fundraisers. He left his collection to the National Library of Wales (where he lived). In addition, he ran a successful campaign to get the film Hedd Wyn nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Best Foreign Film, after becoming a fan of its cinematography. He will be missed. Click the jump to see his Top-5 Favorite Films and his thoughts on each. (more…)

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[Reviewed by: Alex Miller]

"I am a Muslim and a Hindu and a Christian and a Jew and so are all of you."

This classic essentially sweeped every possible recognition when it came out, including 8 Academy Awards and 5 British Academy Awards. It is by any definition a true “classic”. Because of it’s age, however, it seems to have become lost in the mix. Sure most of today’s 20-somethings have heard of it and older generations may have a vague recollection that they “saw it a long time ago”. But that’s not how it should be. Classic film should not be overlooked simply just to see “the latest thing”. I’m not saying you should abandon all trips to the movie theater in exchange for watching every classic you may have missed. But more often than not, the other extreme is taken, and many are not exposed to any classic films at all, which are of course the precursors to what’s playing at the local Cineplex. So let’s put the “Hot Tub Time Machines” and the “Avatars” of the world aside for a moment and take a look back at a film that really went above and beyond your everyday pure-entertainment movie. (more…)

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[Reviewed by: Alex Miller]

James Marsh, 2008 / "Life should be lived on the edge."

I had the chance to watch an amazing piece of film today. “Man on Wire” is, without a doubt, the most beautiful and inspiring documentary I have ever seen. In it Phillippe Petit, a Frenchman, does something truly American. He sets his sights on an impossible goal and doesn’t let anything stop him. It is amazing the amount of obstacles this man had to overcome to achieve a goal, which many may not even understand. Why would you want to go through all that trouble just to walk across a rope between two buildings? Why would you when, you may die trying to get across, if you do cross you’ll get arrested, and that’s all if you can even pull the whole thing off in the first place! That’s what I thought before I watched this film. But between those towers, doing “the impossible”, Phillippe taught us all a lesson. Sometimes, “why” just plain doesn’t matter. (more…)