American Hustle

Film Analysis: Filmmakers who emulate themselves

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“The Grand Budapest Hotel” is the first real awards-contender of 2014. It received a warm 90% on Rotten Tomatoes. Anyone who knows me personally knows that I am devoted fan of Wes Anderson. A statement made recently caught my attention. “Quentin Tarantino is a hack because he copies himself, Wes Anderson is a hack because he copies himself.”

At the time my rebuttal was weak and I was not as prepared for that statement as I am now sitting here writing this post. I understand why someone would make that statement, but I have to disagree. The statement is an irrational generalization. Filmmakers like Wes Anderson and Quentin Tarantino will always have their detractors. The same way people out there will always argue that Alfred Hitchcock or Stanley Kubrick were overrated.

If you buy a ticket to a Tarantino film at this point you kind of know what to expect. You’re not getting conformity with directors like Tarantino or Anderson, but you can’t just put these two filmmakers on trial. (more…)

Oscar: 2014 Academy Awards – Final Predictions

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It’s been quite a battle this year. There were many unique and great films to come from 2013. There are several categories where the front-runner isn’t exactly clear cut. With our final predictions we have the following films winning:

“Gravity” wins 7 Oscars
“12 Years a Slave” wins 3 Oscars
“Dallas Buyers Club” wins 3 Oscars
“Frozen” wins 2 Oscars

The following notable films will win one Oscar: “American Hustle,” “Her,” “Blue Jasmine,” and “The Great Gatsby.”

So here are our final Oscar Predictions for the 2014 season. Stay tuned to the Oscar page for our 2015 Nominee Predictions. (more…)

VOTW: 2014 Oscar Best Picture Nominees performed by kids

2014 Oscar Best Picture Nominees performed by kids

We finally have the annual video that shows us what the best picture nominees would be like if they were performed by kids. The “12 Years a Slave” one is especially funny. Not to mentioned the knock to “Philomena” at the end. Definitely worth watching.

 

1st Annual M10 Award Winners

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“12 Years a Slave,” “The Last of Us,” and “Breaking Bad” are the best of 2013. Here is the full list of the 1st Annual M10 Award Winners.

Click More to see the nominees and the highlighted winners:

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Film: 2014 Editor Awards

6202014 Editor Awards

I usually like to direct the website away from personal opinion as much as possible, but here are my personal awards for the best films of 2013.

Top 10 Films of 2013

The Wolf of Wall Street
The Act of Killing
Her
Rush
Spring Breakers
12 Years a Slave
American Hustle
Nebraska
Trance
The World’s End

Honorable Mentions: Frances Ha, Gravity, This is the End, Captain Phillips, Upstream Color

See Awards per Category by hitting “More” (more…)

Oscar: “Gravity” vs. “12 Years a Slave”

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Last night Alfonso Cuaron picked up one of the biggest precursor awards for his space epic. It wasn’t a complete surprise when Cuaron’s name was announced; he previously received a Golden Globe for “Gravity” as well. If we have learned anything from this win it is that “12 Years a Slave’s” front-runner status is in danger.

“12 Years a Slave” was the early favorite. People loved “Gravity” when it landed in theaters, but people still said “12 Years a Slave” was the film to beat. When December came around and critic’s awards were being announced you often heard one of the two films being named best picture of 2013 with “Her” and “American Hustle” thrown in intermittently.

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Top 10: Movie Moments – 2013

imageTop 10: Movie Moments – 2013

POTENTIAL SPOILERS FOLLOW

If you haven’t seen a particular film, please scroll past it. Some moments involve the films’ conclusion.

By the time January has come and past, the M10 awards will be announced and we’ll move our film direction toward 2014.

So many great films were release in 2013, but what were the best moments? After watching nearly a hundred films in 2013, we’ve compiled the top 10 scenes that are still lingering in our minds.

Click “More” to see the list.

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