Category Archive: Oscars

Predictions: 2015 Oscars

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  Here we are, Oscars again. I’ve been busy watching movies in order to get my predictions/thoughts in before the ceremony this afternoon–sneaking them in just under the wire.   Best Picture Whiplash… Continue reading

Review: American Sniper (Eastwood, 2014)

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For weeks I have been on an American Sniper media blackout so as not to hear anything to influence my opinion of the film (I had only obliquely become aware that the biopic… Continue reading

Review: Mr. Turner (Leigh, 2014)

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My husband and I picked this as our Friday night movie to watch a little before the holidays. A slow-moving biopic of the late-eighteenth/early-nineteenth century landscape painter J.M.W. Turner, Mr. Turner premiered at… Continue reading

Review: Philomena (Frears, 2013)

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I had no idea what to expect from this film before I watched it. All I knew was that it took place in Britain/Ireland and that my father thought highly of it. (“It… Continue reading

Review: Nebraska (Payne, 2013)

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So we continue to watch Oscar movies, though the season has passed. Alexander Payne traverses familiar territory with this tale of family (as in┬áThe Descendants), the elderly (About Schmidt), and the quietly pathetic… Continue reading

Review: 20 Feet from Stardom (Neville, 2013)

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I don’t know how it came to be that I ended up on the other side of Sundance, the Academy, and 99% of critics on Rotten Tomatoes, but that’s how the chips fell,… Continue reading

Review: 12 Years a Slave (McQueen, 2013)

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I have already mentioned my pleasure at the wins that 12 Years a Slave received at the Oscars. I have long wanted to like this movie, even before I saw it, which just… Continue reading

Reactions: 2014 Oscars

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The morning following the Oscars (or any awards show, for that matter) I always remember what a letdown the whole production is. In the end, it’s just a long drawn-out process to tell… Continue reading

Predictions: 2014 Oscars

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This will be pretty worthless since I didn’t get a chance to finish watching all the films (crossed out items are ones I haven’t seen yet). I’m torn between what I think the… Continue reading

Review: Cutie and the Boxer (Heinzerling, 2013)

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I’m convinced that my favorite documentaries are the ones that place individuals (as opposed to events, movements, or issues) under a microscope. Cutie and the Boxer follows two elderly Japanese artists, Ushio and… Continue reading