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SN: My “12 Years a Slave” story

SN: My “12 Years a Slave” story

The last two Oscar “Best Picture” winning films, “12 Years a Slave” and “Birdman,” I saw at the  Enzian Theater in Winter Park, Florida.  It’s a movie theater that hosts a lot of neat “special” showings, and usually only shows one current film at a time. It’s usually a film that doesn’t have much popular demand like “Boyhood,” “Moonrise Kingdom,” etc.

It’s nice because most regular theaters don’t show those films until they blow up with award recognition.

Anyways, the Enzian is one of those theaters set up like a restaurant with a strong, classy menu. You sit at these tables and dine, ordering your food just before the film starts. Their food is excellent, but on this particular occasion we weren’t looking for anything too extravagant. We ordered the “Chips and Salsa” appetizer.

The food isn’t brought to you until about 1/4th of the way through the film. And if you remember “12 Years a Slave,” shit was getting pretty real around that time in the movie. It was around the time that Solomon Northup was being kidnapped and turned into a slave that we received our food.
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SideNote: “The Wes Anderson Collection” author Matthew Soller Seitz analyzes “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

SideNote: “The Wes Anderson Collection” author Matthew Soller Seitz analyzes “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”

I grabbed a copy around Christmas 2013 of Matthew Soller Seitz’s “The Wes Anderson Collection” and it is easily one of the greatest coffee table books I have ever purchased.

Being a huge fan of Wes Anderson’s films I have followed all of Seitz’s promotional videos that spend 10-15 minutes analyzing the works of Wes Anderson. This analysis of “The Grand Budapest Hotel” can be perspective-shifting to those who weren’t originally converted by the films charm and wit.

As another sidenote, dear God the production design in this film is perfect. Absolutely perfect. You don’t have to be a Wes Anderson fan, but just a fan of cinema, to admire “The Grand Budapest Hotel” as an aesthetically strong film.

You can grab Matthew Soller Seitz’s new book “The Wes Anderson Collection: The Grand Budapest Hotel” here.

Top 20: Films 2010 – 2015

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We have compiled the top 20 films of the decade every year as the decade has gone on. See last year’s list here. This time the list is special for two reasons:

The decade is now halfway complete. So it is very likely that half of these films will end up on the final lists. Also, we have a new leader: “Boyhood.” Topping just about every critic’s top 10 list this year, and scoring an amazing 100 on Metacritic, “Boyhood” was able to dethrone “12 Years a Slave,” “The Social Network,” and “Zero Dark Thirty.”

New 2014 inductees include: “Boyhood,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Birdman,” “Selma,” and “Whiplash.”

Here is our list of the Top 20 films of the decade so far:

Top 20 Films 2010 – 2015

Boyhood
12 Years a Slave
The Social Network
Zero Dark Thirty
Gravity
Inside Llewyn Davis
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Tree of Life
Her
The Master

Birdman
Toy Story 3
Moonrise Kingdom
Holy Motors
Winter’s Bone
Amour
The Artist
Selma
Whiplash
Lincoln

Top 20: Films 2010 – 2014

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12 Years a Slave, Gravity, Inside Llewyn Davis, Her all squeeze into the top 20 films of the decade so far. The Social Network continues reign as best film of the decade.

This time last year we compiled the top 20 films of the decade so far, and now we have updated it. Unfortunately of the 20 slots only four 2013 films have factored into the list, but all have made the top 10.

Remember, this list will be updated each year and films may fall shorter or fall off completely each year. Movies (like fine wine) can get better with age. So here is where we stand as of now at the end of 2013.  (more…)

Top 20: Films 2010 – 2019

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Greatest Films 2010 – 2019

The Social Network
Zero Dark Thirty
Amour
A Separation
Toy Story 3
Winter’s Bone
The Artist
The King’s Speech
A Prophet
Moneyball

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Your/My Top 10: Films of the Decade so Far 2010-2013

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Top 20: Films of the Decade so Far 2010-2013

Judging by the amount of inevitable criticism I have been receiving since putting some unconventional films on my end of the year lists, I figured I’d make the image above one of my favorites, which is sure to be a cult hit, but not necessarily remembered in time.

The first list I’m going to have is all the films from the past three years (including 2013 so far, even though no film is actually included yet) factoring in the critical scores via MetaCritic and Rotten Tomatoes along with the cultural impact of the film.

I have included my top 20 as well which is vastly different: (more…)

Awards: The Media 10’s 2013 Film Awards

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Awards: The Media 10’s 2013 Film Awards

Best Film: Les Miserables
Runner Up: Moonrise Kingdom

Best Director: Wes Anderson, Moonrise Kingdom
Runner Up: Steven Spielberg, Lincoln

Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Runner Up: Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables

Best Actress: Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Runner Up: Naomi Watts, The Impossible

Supporting Actor: Dwight Henry, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Runner Up: Ewan McGregor, The Impossible

Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Runner Up: Doona Bae, Cloud Atlas

Ensemble Acting: Les Miserables
Runner Up: Lincoln

Adapted Screenplay: Lincoln
Runner Up: Cloud Atlas

Original Screenplay: Moonrise Kingdom
Runner Up: Zero Dark Thirty

Cinematography: Moonrise Kingdom
Runner Up: Lincoln

Production Design: Moonrise Kingdom
Runner Up: Lincoln

Editing: Cloud Atlas
Runner Up: Zero Dark Thirty

Score: Beasts of the Southern Wild
Runner Up: The Grey

Costume Design: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Runner Up: Cloud Atlas

Makeup: Cloud Atlas
Runner Up: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Visual Effects: Cloud Atlas
Runner Up: Life of Pi

Sound Mixing: Les Miserables
Runner Up: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Sound Editing: Frankenweenie
Runner Up: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

 

Oscars: 2013 Nominations – Winners and Losers

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Oscars: 2013 Nominations – Winners and Losers

Whoa! What happened? So, myself and a lot of the more “professional” Oscar predictors did a pretty mediocre job on their predictions, especially in the Best Director category. But I thought the nominations were more thought provoking than previous years. It shows that the Academy is a group of wildcards really.

So here is the list of winners and losers after the nominations were announced per category: (more…)

Top 10: Most Complex Wes Anderson Characters

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Top 10: Most Complex Wes Anderson Characters

Wes Anderson has directed seven films in his career. Of those films he has also written them (most of the time with a co-writer). All seven of these films have similar things in common, from their symmetrical shots to their color palettes. A common theme in a Wes Anderson film is dysfunctional characters.

Each character is layered in a way that they are suffering from some case of minor mental illness. Characters experience neurotic and unconventional behavior through these illnesses which can consist of bipolar disorder, depression, and a variety of social disorders. I am no psychiatrist, so I couldn’t simply tell you a diagnoses of each characters illness.

This illness within the main protagonists doesn’t mean we will find ourselves immersed in drama. Wes Anderson films are comedies and explore quirkiness around the manner of these illnesses. The more in-depth the illness is the more complex the character is. So without further ado, here is The Media 10’s Top 10 list for the most complex Wes Anderson characters: (more…)

Awards: Final Golden Globe Film Nominee Predictions 2012

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Awards: Final Golden Globe Film Nominee Predictions 2012

I know it’s real late, but I needed to put on record my final predictions for the Golden Globes. You can find more of my predictions on my Gold Derby page. So here they are after the jump: (more…)