Monthly Archives: January 2015

Leviathan

Greed, corruption, and misery are at the very heart of Leviathan, Andrey Zvyagintsev’s tough social drama which reconfigures the biblical Book of Job into a damning indictment of the presidential government under Russian leader Vladimir Putin while also yielding more … Continue reading

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Oscar Nominations Reactions

After guessing the nominees last week, I figured I’d weigh in on my overall impressions of the lineups. The good: – Wes Anderson gets that long overdue Directing nod. – Marion Cotillard for Actress is a nice surprise. – Ida … Continue reading

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Final Oscar Predictions

Best Picture Birdman Boyhood Gone Girl Foxcatcher Selma The Grand Budapest Hotel The Imitation Game The Theory of Everything Whiplash Best Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Birdman Ava DuVerany, Selma David Fincher, Gone Girl Richard Linklater, Boyhood Wes Anderson, The Grand … Continue reading

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Unbroken

Let’s talk about the phrase “Oscar bait” for a moment. On the one hand, it’s easily among the most annoying, faux-intellectual verbal short-hands in all of filmdom. Especially during this time of year where it gets callously thrown at every … Continue reading

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