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SideNote: First and Final Frames

The interpretation is yours, but some of these side by sides of the first and final frames of popular movies are pretty surreal.

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: The 9 films that could win “Best Picture”

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Oscar: The 9 films that could win “Best Picture”

This list won’t just be the top 9 films on the Best Picture prediction page. It also won’t be the 9 I think will make it with nominations (though very possible). Many other films not on the list could be nominated, but won’t compete for the win, the same way “The Blind Side” or “District 9” didn’t compete in 2010 and how “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” didn’t compete in 2011.

At this point in the race we have seen all but four of the major contenders. We, as a film-going audience, haven’t seen them, but critics have, and we have been given a general consensus on the film.

So here are the top 9, possible Oscar Winners. I can guarantee one of these nine films will be our Oscar Best Picture winner.
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Awards: “Argo” is named Best Picture of 2012

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Awards: Argo named Best Picture of 2012

Argo has just been named the best film of 2012 by the Academy, where the film received 3 Oscars, the other two for Editing and Adapted Screenplay. The most Oscars was given to Life of Pi which received four including Best Director for Ang Lee, Visual Effects, Cinematography, and Original Score.  Tying with Argo with three also was Les Miserables.

So what does everyone think? Any snubs? Did Argo deserve the title? I have never seen so much flip-flopping by Oscar predictors over the last few months, when Argo became the clear front-runner it was clear what happened. The momentum had been shifting since October from Argo to Silver Linings Playbook to Zero Dark Thirty to Lincoln to Les Miserables the back to Lincoln and then landed on Argo again. The thing about those other four films, and this would include Life of Pi as well is that they were all loved, just not by everyone and those people who didn’t “love” them kind of hated them.  (more…)

Awards: Final Oscar Predictions 2013

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Awards: Final Oscar Predictions 2013

Oh what a year! So many great films and an Oscar lineup that is a little bizarre at times. This has been one of the best years for movies in a long time. So as much of a hobby it is of mine to predict this kind of stuff, I will say don’t  just go out and watch the award-winners. Watch all that was nominated and the films that were snubbed which wouldn’t have been any other year.Anyways, it has come down to this, I have predicted the Oscars for four years now and each year I’m understanding a little more of the Academy mannerisms (though I don’t think any will ever fully unlock that box.)

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Top 10: Films of 2012

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Top 10 Films of 2012

1. Les Miserables
Tom Hooper tops “The King’s Speech” with style and grandeur. Les Miserables is an enchanting experience, adapting itself with discipline from the epic Broadway musical and to Victor Hugo’s classic novel. The film reaches its heights with the assistance of a vocally talented ensemble.

2. Moonrise Kingdom
With whimsy and nostalgia, Moonrise Kingdom is a welcoming period piece from a not-so-unfamiliar time, about a not-so-unfamiliar subject matter. Wes Anderson tells his story with fantastical renderings and a keen-eye for detail and design.

3. Lincoln
A film told by words and character, Lincoln successfully humanizes a heroic figure from human history by guiding us through his most difficult struggles with stunning finesse. Spielberg directs an impressive cast into a film that is as entertaining as it is education

4. Beasts of the Southern Wild
Quvenzhane Wallis transforms the character of Hushpuppy to an unsung hero. Beasts of the Southern Wild directs us into the struggling mind and heart of this girl and adventures us through a lifestyle of self-reliance that is touching and often miraculous.

5. Cloud Atlas
Ambitiously adapted from the successful novel, Cloud Atlas is interwoven with several entertaining plots, and entrusts the audience to discover the connectedness of each story. With well-paced editing and execution any easily-possible contrivances are avoided.

6. The Grey
Carnahan’s character-driven thriller is as intense as it is emotionally sound. Liam Neeson humanizes the appointed leader of a pack of humans struggling to survive in the Alaskan wilderness. Deep, thematic themes are explored along with a beautifully developed narrative that ties up all loose-ends.

7. Zero Dark Thirty
Combining elements of journalism and a strong narrative, Kathyrn Bigelow’s retelling of America’s greatest manhunt through the eyes of a CIA agent named Maya is thrilling and told with subjectivity. Zero Dark Thirty surpasses expectations and fantasies of the untold story with realism and humanism.

8. Safety Not Guaranteed
A film about regret and second chances subtly wraps itself in inde-comedy paper. But with intriguing characters, and a strong lead performance by Aubrey Plaza, the film maintains a consistent amount of humor and heart-warmth. All that leads us to a spiraling, and satisfying third-act.

9. Argo
The pacing in Affleck’s thriller will make your heart-race. Argo becomes a true American story that adapts itself from real-life events and characters involved in dramatic and dire situations. Meticulously crafted and edited with breath-taking attention to execution, Argo is an ideal Hollywood thriller.

10. Indie Game: The Movie
Independently funded and shot on DSLR cameras, Indie Game: The Movie interweaves the struggles and ideals of video game developers. Edited seamlessly to support a strong, moral narrative; directors Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky encompass us in the midst of the artistic process; behind the scenes of an art form so few understand.

Honorable Mentions: Amour, Silver Linings Playbook, The Dark Knight Rises, The Cabin in the Woods, Life of Pi

Awards: 2013 Final Golden Globe Predictions

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Awards: 2013 Final Golden Globe Predictions

Here are my predictions for the winners of the 2013 Golden Globes which airs tonight.

Best Motion Picture DramaLincoln
Potential Upset: Argo

Performance by an Actress in a Drama: Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Potential Upset: Naomi Watts, The Impossible

Performance by an Actor in a Drama: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Potential Upset: Lewis is a Lock (more…)

Oscars: 2013 Oscar Predictions – December

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Oscars:
2013 Oscar Predictions – December

This will be the second to final Oscar Predictions before they are announced in January. But then we will be predicting winners. The Media 10 has also moved Oscar Predictions to their own page found at the top of the lefthand column.

At this moment in time, nothing is set in stone. Zero Dark Thirty has taken home many critic awards for Best Feature and there are stacks of positive reviews. Les Miserables, despite ovations and Academy-screening applause, is struggling with critics.

CRITICS DON’T VOTE FOR THE OSCARS. The Academy consists of film professionals, actors and other enthusiasts. SAG is one of the biggest indicators for the Academy since it consists of a good majority of actors. SAG can go to either Lincoln or Les Miserables(more…)

Awards: Predicting the 2012 Golden Globe Nominees – How We Did

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Awards: 
Predicting the 2012 Golden Globe Nominees – How We Did

We did pretty good predicting the Golden Globe results, most categories had at least 3 successful predictions. How were your predictions? Look below to see how we did. Asterisks’ indicate a nominee in the category.  (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…)